My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

American Tree Sparrow, Spizella arborea

Note: this post, while published, is a work in progress, as are all posts in this series, My Photo Life List. My goal is to photograph every species of bird that is seen on a regular basis here in Michigan, working from a list compiled by the Michigan chapter of the Audubon Society. This will be a lifelong project, that I began in January of 2013, and as I shoot better photos of this, or any other species, I will update the post for that species with better photos when I can. While this series is not intended to be a field guide per se, my minimum standard for the photos in this series is that one has to be able to make a positive identification of the species in my photos. The information posted here is from either my observations or the Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia, however, I have personally shot all the photos appearing in this series.

American Tree Sparrow, Spizella arborea

The American Tree Sparrow, formerly known as the Winter Sparrow, is a medium-sized sparrow.

Adults have a rusty cap and grey underparts with a small dark spot on the breast. They have a rusty back with lighter stripes, brown wings with white bars and a slim tail. Their face is grey with a rusty line through the eye. Their flanks are splashed with light brown. They are similar in appearance to the Chipping Sparrow.

Their breeding habitat is tundra or the northern limits of the boreal forest in Alaska and northern Canada. They nest on the ground.

These birds migrate to the United States or southern Canada to spend the winter. Usually, Chipping Sparrows are moving south around the same time as these birds arrive.

These birds forage on the ground or in low bushes, often in flocks when not nesting. They mainly eat seeds and insects, some berries. They are commonly seen near feeders with Dark-eyed Juncos.

This bird’s song is a sweet high warble descending in pitch and becoming buzzy near the finish.

On to my photos, you can read about how I got most of these photos and learned to identify these sparrows here.

American tree sparrow

American tree sparrow

American tree sparrow

American tree sparrow

American tree sparrow

American tree sparrow

American tree sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

 

American tree sparrow

American tree sparrow

American tree sparrow

American tree sparrow

 

This is number 58 in my photo life list, only 292 to go!

That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!

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