In our area, white-throated sparrows are winter birds, often seen in large flocks in our yards and foresting before migrating north as winter gives way to spring. In our yards, you’ll often see them under the feeder instead of on it, feeding on all the fallen food. They also eat seeds from a variety of grasses and weeds, as well as plant buds in the spring and insectsin the summer.
These sparrows have brown backs, tails and wings, grayish-colored breasts and underbellies and, of course, a white throat patch. They have black and white stripes on their heads and a small patch of yellow between their eyes and their bills.
The breeding grounds for the white-throated sparrow include most of Canada as well as the far northernmost regions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. They build their nests on the ground, usually in a clearing surrounded by vegetation. They have one or two broods of up to six eggs each year. The eggs are a pale shade of blue or green covered with speckles.
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