Friday, April 12, 2013

American Tree Sparrow

Although American Tree Sparrows are abundant wintering birds in Minnesota, I band relatively few of them. In fact, the photograph here is my first for my white-background series. As most of you know, I wrote a book of 91 of these photographs. You can see a preview of almost half of these pictures by clicking on the book cover on the upper right-hand side of this blog (look for the side view of the male cardinal).

Tree sparrows are cold-tolerant species (as I mentioned in a previous post). They breed across northern Canada, often north of the tree-line. They consume weed seeds. The species was named for its superficial resemblance to the  Eurasian Tree Sparrow, a bird not even in the same family.  

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