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.