Tuesday, November 25, 2014

That's Not A Sparrow (Or Is It)

 Looking out the window the other day, I spotted this bird.
A new one for me.
It's a Wood Thrush.*
Wood Thrushes are forest-interior birds and are unlikely to come to feeders.
 
Although it summers in this area,
it should have been on it's way down south.
 
I hope this was a quick stop over,
and this little guy is on his way to Central America!

*Edit: Tex thinks it's a Fox Sparrow, she knows her birds, so maybe I have misidentified it. If so, it's a still a new one for me, and it won't freeze to death as a Thrush is likely to in this climate.
 
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35 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i would have guessed fox sparrow! congrats on the sighting!

Sandra said...

he is a adorable, hope he flies south soon. great shot

Ela said...

They are beautiful !
Great photos !

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Now I live in the UK so was interested in seeing the difference between the Wood Thrush and Fox Sparrow and Tex is correct in her answer. They do appear quite similar however the Wood Thrush has a plain back as opposed to the striped back of the Fox Sparrow. That is one difference. thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

It is a beautiful bird, great captures..Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

Sylvia K said...

Your captures never fail to take my breath away and these are surely no exception, Karen!! What precious little ones they are!! I don't believe I've seen one of these before and they are beautiful!! Such a lovely way to start my day! Hope you're feeling ok and that your week is off to a good start!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Congrats on the new bird! It's a very pretty one.

Pamela Gordon said...

Sweet pics of this bird and a nice first for you. I've never seen either before. I hope it survives. I like how they tuck a foot up under for warmth.

RedPat said...

Wonderful pic of him! I've not seen either of these birds before either.

Stephanie said...

A first for me too to see this sweet little bird. Beautifully captured!!

Nancy J said...

Lovely to know he is a survivor, superb photo, so clear, and those little feet, he does know where to perch.. hope you are coping with winter weather, Hugs, Jean.

mick said...

Beautiful colors and patterns on the bird - no matter what you call it! Great photos.

Terri said...

Beautiful- I thought sparrow, too, but just because that's all I have been looking at in my yard lately. :) Mine aren't that pretty, though.

Linda W. said...

You take such wonderful bird photos! This little guy is super-cute.

Elephant's Child said...

Such a charmer - and I hope he/she is on the way to its winter home.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

That's one cute little fox sparrow,great siting and photo.

NC Sue said...

Isn't he a cutie?
Great capture!
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The Furry Gnome said...

Regardless, they're great pictures!

Debbie said...

He picked a good spot, it's always fun to see new faces!! I hope you are feeling well, enjoy your snow!!

Felicia said...

whatever it is...it sure is pretty.

Bethany Carson said...

Excellent shots of the beautiful bird!

Dave said...

Striking images of this fella...

Rambling Woods said...

I would not have known what that bird was. I love the colors and how lucky that it found a place with food... Great detail in your photos... Michelle

ladyfi said...

Oh my - how beautiful!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Stunning...your photos are ALWAYS picture post card perfect.

Marie said...

Wood thrush or fox sparrow--it's awesome!

Lisa Gordon said...

They are just adorable!!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

He's a cutie...I love finding new birds that come to visit in the garden.

Les... said...

great capture!! always good to score a new keeper *VBS*

David Gascoigne said...

Hi Karen: Your bird is a Fox Sparrow FOR SURE!

Gail Dixon said...

He is quite striking whatever species he is. Your photos are so crisp. I want a view like that from my window!

Icy BC said...

They are absolutely pretty, Karen!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful photos of this wood thrush. I would have called it a sparrow. I don't know my birds that well. LOL I see you're on a blog break and want to wish you a wonderful holiday time with family and friends. Blessings. Pam

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He's a beauty, whatever his name is. (Home from our cross-country move, but just catching up on my fav people. Back to blogland next week, I hope.)

Debbie said...

thinking about you today!!!!