Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow foraging

juvenile White-crowned Sparrow foragingJuvenile White-crowned Sparrow foraging – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 800, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Lately I have been seeing White-crowned Sparrows in the West Desert, at Farmington Bay WMA and Antelope Island State Park in increasing numbers and many of them will over winter here in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah. I photographed this juvenile White-crowned Sparrow about this same time last year on Antelope Island State Park as it foraged below some Sagebrush and Greasewood on the north end of the island.

Even though many people consider them just “little brown birds”  I think they are subtly beautiful, make great subjects for bird photography and their soft calls always seem to make me smile.


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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. I agree, they may not be the stars of the bird world, but are still very pretty birds

  2. I agree with you completely, Mia — and thanks for the link which allowed me to quickly listen to their calls, including their alarm call.

  3. I given myself a challenge this year to target our migrating sparrows. Hope I can find a few!
    Thank you for the inspiration! Great photograph!

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    There’s something about a sparrow in winter that strengthens our emotions… It’s as if nothing in the world bothers them! I wish we could see more sparrows around here… I don’t know why we haven’t had them for the last few years…

    Thanks for this gorgeous photo…

  5. Thanks Mia. I love the LBJs, and have found that when I take the time to stop and look that the soft colours in their plumage are beautiful – and not dull at all. Muted magic.

  6. He’s beautiful! Nicely captured.

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