Fall Vesper Sparrow Perched On A Wild Rose Bush

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It is my second day in a row for sharing a sparrow species, some people call them Little Brown Jobs (LBJ) or Little Brown Birds (LBB), me, I call sparrows fun and challenging to photograph and I enjoy viewing their earthy colored plumage.

Vesper Sparrow perched on a Wild Rose, Box Elder County, UtahVesper Sparrow perched on a Wild Rose – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday I saw a single Vesper Sparrow which came in and perched out in the open on a lovely Wild Rose that was full of rose hips in nice light. What is not to like about that? The Vesper Sparrow had its back to me but gave me a really nice head turn, even while the bird was in my viewfinder I noticed how fresh the plumage of the bird seemed to be and at home on my large monitor the feathers appear to be even crisper.

Vesper Sparrow and Wild Rose hips, Box Elder County, UtahVesper Sparrow and Wild Rose hips – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Vesper Sparrows blend into their habitat quite well so they can be hard to spot unless they pop up onto a perch in the open like this bird did for about 5 seconds and then it was gone.

Although Vesper Sparrows are not typically year round residents in Utah I feel that I should mention that they have been seen here every month of the year.

Life is good.


Vesper Sparrow facts and information:

Poocetes gramineus

  • Vesper Sparrows are large grayish brown sparrows with streaked backs and chests, white eye rings and white outer tail feathers.
  • Vesper Sparrows are migratory.
  • They were known as “Bay-winged Buntings” prior to being named Vesper Sparrows because of the small area of chestnut/rufous colored lesser coverts which usually are not visible.
  • Vesper Sparrows habitat includes open fields, grasslands, fallow fields, prairies, sagebrush steppe, roadsides, meadows and pastures.
  • Vesper Sparrows primarily eat seeds and grains and will include insects, spiders and other small invertebrates during their breeding season.
  • Vesper Sparrows lay 2 to 6 eggs which hatch in 11 to 13 days. Both sexes incubate and they are monogamous.
  • Vesper Sparrows can live up to 7 years.


  1. Elephants Child September 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I do indeed call them lbjs. But appreciate them none the less. That brown is subtle, varied and elegant.

  2. Patty Chadwick September 24, 2018 at 11:28 am

    BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL images!!! Love the bird,greens, orsnge berries and golden background!!!

  3. Tim Traver September 24, 2018 at 10:05 am

    It takes real skill to capture these birds the way you have. Thanks for sharing! Never get tired of sparrows, especially ones we have but so rarely see.

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