Song Sparrows in Winter

Song Sparrow working at getting some seedsSong Sparrow working at getting some seeds – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/750, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Song Sparrows are year round residents in Utah but I hear them most often during the winter months as they sing perched high on bushes, rushes, phragmites or  cattails. These two birds were photographed at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in January a few years ago.

Song Sparrow on a hoar frost covered perchSong Sparrow on a hoar frost covered perch – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

There are often heavy fogs in the morning at Farmington because of all the water in the area and during the coldest months that creates hoar frost that covers all the vegetation.

Song Sparrows are found throughout the U.S. and into Canada, some populations move south during the winter to southern states and northern Mexico. So far 30 subspecies of Song Sparrows have been described.

Mia

20 Comments

  1. Azstu December 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Very cute shots

  2. Linda Rockwell December 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Love the song sparrow photos!

  3. M. Firpi December 7, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Stupendous details and clarity on both these pics!

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you very much Maria.

  4. Sherry in MT December 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Absolutely stunning of a fairly common bird. I like that you got em with the hoar frost on the branches, one of my favorite scenes.

  5. Merrill Ann Gonzales December 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Dear Mia, So often the LBB’s are overlooked and yet they have such marvelous personalities especially in the cold weather. These are lovely photos where you’ve caught their movements so well. Many thanks.

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you so much Merrill, I think they get overlooked too and they are such handsome birds.

  6. Hilke Breder December 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Exquisite shots, Mia! It reminds me that Song Sparrows, as common as they are, can make wonderful subjects.

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks Hilke, I think that common birds can be uncommonly beautifull in the right settings.

  7. Syd Phillps December 7, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Your photos of Raptors always get my attention – they’re awesome! A little song sparrow? Not usually. But your top one today made me say “WOW” out loud. That’s a stunning composition!

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you so much Syd. I appreciate your comment.

  8. Robert Mortensen December 7, 2012 at 7:15 am

    That bottom image is one that just soothes the soul!

  9. Bob Bushell December 7, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Excellent capture of the Song Sparrow Mia.

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks Bob, they are beautiful sparrows.

  10. Dan Huber December 7, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Lovely shots, I love the look of the plants with frost on them, but the poor little one looks cold.

    • Mia McPherson December 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you Dan. I bet the bird felt warmer than I did!

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