Juvenile White-crowned Sparrow in early morning light

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Juvenile White-crowned SparrowJuvenile White-crowned Sparrow – Nikon D300, f5.6, 1/1000, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Although White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) are year round residents in Utah I see far more of them in the fall, winter and early spring and because it is cold they also are “stickier” and allow closer approaches.

This juvenile White-crowned was perched along a road on Antelope Island State Park on a shrub that was leafless with dried stems of Black Mustard in the background last winter. I like the seed stuck on its bill and how the sparrows head is cocked sideways.



  1. Julie Brown October 25, 2012 at 3:59 am

    I have a fondness for the juvies, with their buffy brown and gray tones.

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      The juvies are beautiful, thanks Julie.

  2. Dan Huber October 23, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Super capture Mia ( I posted some too today).

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Dan, your sparrows were gorgeous too!

  3. Rohrerbot October 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    This little number threw me off when I first met him. The juvenile has brown crown and for a beginning birder, I was confused:)

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Sparrows confuse me too at times Chris! Thanks for commenting.

  4. M. Firpi October 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Very nice background and framing!

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks Maria, I’m glad the sparrow posed long enough to get a series of images of it.

  5. Susan October 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Wonderful capture Mia:)

  6. Azstu October 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Wonderful richness to the bird’s coloring Mia.

  7. Laurence Butler October 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Beautiful! Sparrows in the grass are some of my favorite types of photos!

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Laurence, they do look great in grass.

  8. Bob Bushell October 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful young bird Mia.

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Bob, they are beautiful sparrows.

  9. Julie G. October 22, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Very beautiful! I’ve been seeing a lot of White-crowned Sparrows in the Chicago area of late.

    • Mia McPherson October 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you Julie, I hope that you get some wonderful images of the White-crowned Sparrows in your area.

  10. Beverly Everson October 22, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, Mia! I love this composition and everything about it!!

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