Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Eastern White-crowned Sparrow

First-year White-crowned Sparrows are known by their drab, brown plumage. Next spring they will acquire their striking, black and white, adult plumage.  Due to its dark lores, the area between the eye and the bill,  this White-crowned Sparrow is of the Eastern race. If the lores were pale, then it would be the more western Gambel’s White-crown. Both races can be seen in this part of Minnesota. Erika and I took this photograph in the Carleton College arboretum on 6 October 2018.

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