Three (well, four) more birds to look at today, but calling them “sparrows” is a little confusing!  One is a Real Sparrow, one is a sparrow but doesn’t have the word “sparrow” in its name, one is called a sparrow, but isn’t related to our North American sparrows, and one is a small grosbeak-ish bird… Read More

In today’s episode, we’ll compare three birds that have some similarities – all are plain sparrows with a reddish cap (at least in the summer as adults), plain undersides and an eyestripe.  I’m going to stick to adults for now, as the young birds can be tricky even after you’ve been birding for a while. … Read More

Our next two sparrows are not streaky as adults, and only faintly streaky as young birds.  They’re both notable for their head markings, which make them pretty easy to tell, but both come in two “flavors”, one of which can be a little confusing at first.  We’ll start with the easy one, which is usually… Read More

Our next streaky sparrow is a bird of open fields, like the Savannah Sparrow, and like the Savannah Sparrow, is a bit like a more finely-streaked, and lighter-appearing Song Sparrow.  There are some differences, though.  Remember, the Savannah Sparrow, usually has yellow lores above and in front of the eyes.  This is a pretty good… Read More

Here in the east, there are two sparrows we can encounter that look rather like Song Sparrows.  Both, like Song Sparrows, can show a good range of variation, but both have certain things to look for that will let us tell them from Song Sparrows.  The first one is the fairly common Savannah Sparrow.  Remember… Read More

If August is Shorebird Month, and September is Confusing Fall Warbler Month, October is Sparrow Month.   This can be tough, particularly when you’re just starting out.  Many sparrows look like other sparrows, and it doesn’t help that they like to skulk around in the brush and weeds, only popping up for a brief look around… Read More