White-crowned Sparrow

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    Atop a Birch Tree, I think.

    I saw one in Seattle last year, then one in Virginia early this year, and then saw and heard many of them on this trip to Alaska, which was very nice; I like their song, which you can hear in the video on the previous page.

    White-crowned Sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys
    on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail near Elderberry Park
    Anchorage, AK
    Day 1 of 17

    Dendroica cerulea, Dante1709, Dave 2x, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. mschmidt62 32 months ago | reply

      I saw some white-crowned sparrows on Orcas Island in Washington last week.

      I think the tree is an alder--they have those little cones.

    2. zxgirl 32 months ago | reply

      Nice!! We were hoping to see Orcas, but no. We did get to see some Humpbacks.

      Oh hey, you might be right about alder. But I think birch trees make the tiny cones, too. I'll have to study the book, I guess, and look at the leaves. Looking at pictures on the 'net, I see some images for birch shaped like these leaves, but all of those for alder appear more oval.

    3. mschmidt62 32 months ago | reply

      Ah. You are probably right. I haven't really been around birches much so I assumed only alders made those cones. The leaves didn't really look like the alder leaves I'm used to, so I just assumed it was a different sort of alder.

      We saw no whales, alas.

    4. Mathesont 32 months ago | reply

      Very nice. Looks like the birds that winter around here.

    5. Paul Hueber 32 months ago | reply

      Nice catch. I like their songs.

    6. Cheryl Moorehead 32 months ago | reply

      One of my favorite birds here in Seattle :)

    7. Dante1709 32 months ago | reply

      They are very beautiful birds! Wish they would stay for atleast the summer!

    8. LizKB Photography 32 months ago | reply

      He sure looks like he had a lot to say..nice catch.

    9. zxgirl 32 months ago | reply

      Thanks! He did have a lot to say - kept repeating his song, which I enjoyed. :) I wish they were more frequent where I live!

    10. Mark Egger 32 months ago | reply

      Zonotrichia is one of the coolest of sparrow genera -- hope you see the one in the Andes some time, the Rufous-collared Sparrow, Z. capensis, and the Golden-crowned Sparrow, Z. atricapilla, which you might have seen in Alaska in the summer or in Seattle in the winter...

    11. Astral Will 32 months ago | reply

      Full song! LOVE this!

    12. zxgirl 32 months ago | reply

      Ha - I'd love to have reason to be seeing one in the Andes! We did get to see and hear plenty of Golden-crowned Sparrows while in Alaska, thankfully - they were a lifer for both of us, and we really enjoyed them. :)

      Thanks!

    13. sam2cents 32 months ago | reply

      Perfect shot! I thought you were taking a break because your shots had stopped showing up on my list.

    14. Marcellina. 32 months ago | reply

      This photo might lead some to believe the bird makes an ugly sound b/c his mouth is stretched so wide as if to caw, but surprisingly he sounds quite nice as heard in your previous video.

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