Backyard Birds: Sparrows

We now have both juvenile White-crowned Sparrows and juvenile Golden-crowned Sparrows visiting our yard.  Now that I can see both, frequently side-by-side, I can clearly see the difference.  The one I thought last week was a Golden-crowned Sparrow is definitely a White-crowned one.  Here are a few photos of the fist-year Golden-crowned Sparrows who visited this morning.

For comparison, here are a couple shots I took this morning of a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow…

But if I’m still confused, please help me out.  :)  And where are all the adult ones??

10 thoughts on “Backyard Birds: Sparrows

  1. Nice photos! I’ve always thought that sparrows are kind of tricky to identify. By far the most common sparrow to visit my yard is the House Sparrow. On a related note, I decided to join Project Feeder Watch this winter, too. But I still haven’t received my initial packet.

    • The sparrows are new to our yard, so it’s a completely new kind of bird for me to identify. Yesterday, I also believe there was a Fox Sparrow in the mix. At one point, there were thirty or so birds in our tiny yard! It was chaos. But fun!

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