Possible White Crowned Sparrow, backyard, May 8, 2011
I spotted 3-4 of these in the backyard yesterday. Thankfully, I had my binoculars and my camera outside with me. I got a good look at this bird and took a few pictures then grabbed my field guide. The birds stuck around for most of the evening so I was able to really study him. I originally thought it must be a White-throated Sparrow, but there is no yellow on him by his eyes. His head stripes were definitely black and white....so much so they almost looked painted on. I'm a bit nervous about saying this IS a White-Crowned Sparrow because they are not common in the this area, but may winter here (Windsor), and I am not an experience birder. Can anyone recognize this bird?
Oh...to keep count...this makes bird number 24 for me!
This picture, highly cropped, was taken May 9, 2011.