White Throated Sparrow

White Throated Sparrow

For bird photographers in southern Ontario, May and June is the time to look for northward migrating warblers, resplendent in their breeding plumage. Unfortunately scheduling didn’t allow me to get out for more than about an hour or two to look for warblers and as a result I don’t have any post worthy images to share. Hopefully next year! In lieu of warblers, here is a very common but also very pretty White Throated Sparrow.

White Throated Sparrows were first described in 1789 and are found in two different, genetically determined, morphs; white-crowned and the tan-crowned. The two morphs occur in about equal numbers and the interesting thing is that the birds virtually always pair up with their opposite morph.





  1. Like you, I have had trouble with my schedule in finding time to find the warblers this spring. There are also other factors at play which is reducing my finds as well including a very wet and slow-arriving spring. There doesn’t seem to be as many warblers around either. I too am looking forward to next year! By the way, your Sparrow is a very worthy substitute showing off his beautiful plumage.

    • Thanks Arni, and yes it’s been one of the wettest springs in a long time. I agree that there seem to be fewer warblers around. Usually we have lots of Myrtles at the cottage but we haven’t seen a single one yet. Maybe this weekend!