Sparrows may seem to be a bit nondescript but they are more than little brown birds. These are some arriving sparrows that have been sighted in the past week. They all have a distinctive look.
Field Sparrows are a small sparrow with a pinkish beak and pinkish legs.
The Savannah Sparrow is a bit larger and has prominent streaking and a yellow band over its eye.
This Swamp Sparrow came out into the open long enough to be photographed. It has a rusty cap, gray cheeks and shoulders, a black line running back from the eye and a reddish patch on its wings.
The White-throated Sparrow has a bit of yellow over the eye like the Savannah Sparrow but has a plain breast and a bright white throat patch.
It’s hard to think of an Eastern Towhee as a sparrow, but it is. It is a very colorful member of the family. They usually stay deep in the undergrowth and forage among the leaf litter. This male came out to see where his mate had gone.