A photojournal of wildlife, wild flowers and forest life in a small section of Northern Ontario, Canada.
Nice pics, Gary. The sparrow looks like a first winter Chipping Sparrow to me.
Good to see you again, Hilke. I think you're probably right. I'm going to insist on name tags soon.
Gary, Nice Job getting us up close to these birds. I need stalking lessons! I have put two new sparrows on my first time list this migration. The White Throated and Tree sparrows. I'm still looking for a Chipping Sparrow.
I'll post this on your site also. In my links are Hilke who really knows birds and her gallery helps; also North Shore, which is Michael who is a naturalist on the N. Shore of Lake Superior. The N. Shore group operates a bird siteing network, obtainable from Michael's site.I checked where you are and that's the Sault US. So with global warming all their bird sites are applicable to you.It gives you an early warning of what you may see.Bird baiting is easy. The woodland Sunflower was in bloom late August(see Sparrow post). I filled the feeders full and sprinkled the ground. I did the same thing in the forest. I got tons of sparrows of different types, and Michael and Hilke's site plus the N.W. Birder web where I post anything I don't know. And they help me. For instance now I'm getting Gray Jays, although I'm not quite in the area.Hope this helps.All these sites are more birders than photographers. I'm more flora fauna and photographer in one area.
Also why I gave you the ID sites is the juveniles who show up in the flocks and don't look anything like the mature birds. But maybe you know this already.