White-crowned Sparrow perched on a frosty shrub

White-crowned Sparrow perched on a frosty shrubWhite-crowned Sparrow perched on a frosty shrub – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I like the setting contained in this image with a frost covered branches of a shrub with reddish bark that the White-crowned Sparrow perched on close to the entrance to Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. While processing the image I noticed that the “white-crown” of this particular bird isn’t as white as I normally see in White-crowned Sparrows and after doing some research I believe this might be a female because on BNA it says that females can have a more grayish crown than the males. I am not certain about that though so any help concerning the gender of the bird would be appreciated.


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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. Another stunner. Thank you. And I am enjoying your chilly images – and wishing I would be there.

  2. I agree. I believe context is equally important as subject matter. I see too many (dull) images that contain washed out blank/pastel backgrounds that resemble a Rockwell painting more than live birds in their habitat. Thanks for sharing!

  3. When I’m enjoying these wonderful shots, I tend to forget the photographer snapping these incredible images, very early in the morning, with icy fingers, through the open window of a vey cold truck. Thank you, Mia! I wish I could at least sneak in with some hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate on those frosty mornings…you must be made of some really tough stuff. Some of those shots look colderell!!!

  4. Stunning photo – no help on the I.D. though.

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