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.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Love the song sparrow photos!

  2. Stupendous details and clarity on both these pics!

  3. 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.

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    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.

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

  6. 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!

  7. That bottom image is one that just soothes the soul!

  8. Excellent capture of the Song Sparrow Mia.

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

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