Photos by BarrytheBirder
Fox Sparrows are normally late migrators, usually passing through these parts in early November. This year, after the summer that seemed to never end, did end, it got rather chilly quickly. Fox Sparrows started to show up in the backyard in the second week of October. Then there were more during the third and fourth weeks. There was a break of a few days and now they have shown up again. Birder and noted author Kenn Kaufman describes this bird as a "big chunky sparrow". Not only are they big and chunky, but they have that rich foxy red colour. This is my favourite sparrow, although I am very partial to White-throats (see photo below) and White-crowns also. They can all hang around for as long as they like, as far as I'm concerned.
The colour of House Finches is most welcome also.
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