American Tree Sparrow

January 26, 2016

A few days ago I was pleased to see this American tree sparrow alight on a gnarly knot of vines while I was photographing waterfowl on a semi-frozen lake. The smooth background blur is the lake itself.

American tree sparrows winter in Missouri, and neighboring states, but they actually breed in the tundra of the far north. It’s always a pleasure to see a bird of such migratory stature down this way. It must feel downright balmy to American tree sparrows here in Missouri, especially with temperatures for this weekend pushing 60 F.

Considered a common winter resident in northern and western Missouri, it is not unusual to see an American tree sparrow. I suspect if you keep an eye out, you’ll see one or more yourself, especially if you are around brushy woodland edges and weedy fields. Also, watch for them on the ground around bird feeders.

Thanks for looking,


Email:  Natureframes@Rocketmail.Com

Gallery:  Danny’s Website

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