I’ve always noticed that I’m kind of “alone in a crowd” when it comes to enjoying sparrows. Like the times when I’m driving in the car with someone (other than Debbie) and point out a “little brown job” off on the side of the road.
Whomever is looking where I’m pointing is at first, a little disappointed. I’m sure they’re hoping to see an eagle or something like that but no, it’s a sparrow. In this case, a Black–throated Sparrow. Just look a little closer and anyone can see the special features of these little guys. They have black lores (the area between the bill and the eyes) and a triangle black patch on their throat. They also have a distinguishing white eyebrow and submoustachial stripe on a dark head. Their song is a clear, high-pitched two notes followed by a rapid trill. Beautiful!
And then there’s the Lark Sparrow. These little birds have a face that looks to me like someone painted it for a carnival.
Unlike the Black-throated Sparrow which hops from low-lying bush-to-bush and bush-to-ground to feed, the Lark Sparrow has long legs and mostly runs, instead of hops, along the ground.
Lastly for now we have the White-crowned Sparrow. This is a young bird. The brown stripes on it’s head will turn black as the bird matures.
Most sparrows feed on seeds, small berries and some insects.