Cornell says the white-throated sparrow's song is "Oh sweet Canada." Their playground is mostly in Canada, but we do get them here much of the winter. Their dramatic coloring makes them stand out among the brown sparrows of the continent. This one has his full adult uniform on display. Gotta love that yellow eye shadow!
The continual burning and logging of our forests insures habitat for these little singers. According to the Smithsonian "Although white-throated sparrows are indeed common, they should by no means be considered ordinary. These sparrows exhibit a characteristic that is rare in birds, they show genetically-based plumage polymorphism. In other words, these sparrows come in two different color forms, or morphs."
I actually counted about 15 of these beauties on the ground beneath this feeder, but never got a decent photo as they never sit still. My new challenge is getting some better photos of this common bird. Of course, in my yard, NO bird is common.
Below is a photo right after our second big snow the day after Christmas where he is quite fluffy!