The gift of bird watching: American tree sparrow

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When birders see a sparrow that they can’t determine, it’s affectionately dismissed as a “little brown hen” or by shorthand, “LBB.”

This week’s Birding Reward, the American tree sparrow, is an simply identifiable hen and one of the vital widespread sparrows round this time of yr.

One of many first figuring out subject marks for sparrows is a streaked or unstreaked breast. American tree sparrows are unstreaked.

In addition they have a bull’s-eye, brown dot in the midst of their chest.

This hen has a chunky, grey face with a rusty cap and streak getting back from the attention.

They’re one of many bigger sparrows at 5.25 inches.

Normally they’re collectively in flocks, many occasions with dark-eyed juncos.

When pished, the American tree sparrows are inclined to hop as much as a better perch, making them straightforward to view. Their winter name is a particular “pee-da-lee, pee-da-lee” accomplished in speedy succession.

Mike Havlik is a naturalist within the Dallas County Conservation Division.

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