A Wonderful Photo Session with a White-crowned Sparrow

Singing adult White-crowned Sparrow at Red Rock Lakes NWRSinging adult White-crowned Sparrow at Red Rock Lakes NWR – Nikon D810, f9, 1/1000, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday was bright and sunny in the Centennial Valley and after hearing this White-crowned Sparrow singing I felt like breaking out in song too. But I didn’t because I didn’t want to scare away the birds, peel the bark off of the Aspens or make the Elk in the area think there was an off key bull around.

The background in both these images are a combination of a spruce tree and the blue sky peeking through the branches.

A Perky White-crowned SparrowA Perky White-crowned Sparrow – Nikon D810, f9, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I couldn’t resist posting this image of the same sparrow looking rather perky in between bursts of song. I took a lovely series of this bird so I am certain I will be posting more images of it in the future.

This is the Interior West (Mountain) subspecies of White-Crowned Sparrow which look slightly different than the ones I often photograph in Utah during the winter.

I am keeping this short and tweet. 🙂

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child June 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    What a charmer. Thank you.

  2. Patty Chadwick June 13, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I love these birds and enjoy seeing them every winter, along with the slate colored juncos and the white-throated sparrows. They are such cute, curvy little birds and quite unafraid of us. Thanks for getting one to “hold still”(via photography)…

    • Mia McPherson June 13, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      My pleasure Patty, I used to think of Juncos, White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows as my “Snow birds” because I only saw them during the winter.

  3. Susan Stone June 13, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Groan… But the photos are great. Thanks for starting my day with a smile.

    • Mia McPherson June 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you Susan, glad your day started with a smile!

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