Juvenile White-Crowned Sparrow
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Today’s image is of a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow. There are several species of sparrows that migrate south each year and spend time in the Tucson area: the White-crowned Sparrow is one of them. These birds are a fairly common fall-winter sight in our community. I found this individual in farming country about 25 miles away from town, but there are populations of White-crowned Sparrows within Tucson’s city limits. These sparrows like brushy vegetation and can be found where there are thickets and stands of plants that most would consider to be common weeds.
Adult White-Crowned Sparrows are easy to identify by the bold black and white stripes on their heads. It’s a little harder with the juveniles. Their russet and gray color pattern is similar to that which is sported by a few other species. A key identifying aspect of this bird is its bright yellow-orange bill.
I like this image as much for the setting as I do for the bird. I think that the delicate pattern created by the vegetation on which the bird is perching is fascinating.
Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400 mm ISII zoom lens+1.4x telextender, aperture priority setting, ISO 500, f8 @ 1/3200.