FLOCK OF WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS MIGRATING ALONG OUR SHORES

Notice the sparrow’s pointy-shaped head, but where is the white crown on these White-crowned Sparrows you may be wondering? The flock currently migrating on Eastern Point is comprised mostly of sparrows in their first-hatch year. They won’t develop white crowns until next year. White-crowned Sparrows are a relatively large sparrow, with long tails, and a cute little hop they do while foraging.

White-crowned Sparrows are passing through, having departed from their breeding grounds in Alaska and Canada and heading to parts further south of Cape Ann, in the US and Mexico.

White-crowned Sparrow adult, photographed in Gloucester in May of 2017

 

The song of the White-crowned Sparrow is one of the most widely studied sounds in all of animal behavior.The beautiful whistling notes of the male can be heard far an wide, especially during the spring and summer months. The female rarely sings.  
Range map of the White-crowned Sparrow

4 thoughts on “FLOCK OF WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS MIGRATING ALONG OUR SHORES

  1. Time of the season for movement! They are very abundant this way as of late also (雀, sparrow 관련 이미지) on our walks this way. Thanks for sharing and adding some back ground too! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

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