The black-chinned sparrow (Spizella atrogularis) is a small sparrow found in chaparral, sagebrush, arid scrublands, and brushy hillsides, breeding in the southwestern United States (western Texas to southern California), and migrating in winter to north-central Mexico and Baja California Sur. There is also a non-migratory population in central Mexico.

The black-chinned sparrow (Spizella atrogularis) is a small sparrow found in chaparral, sagebrush, arid scrublands, and brushy hillsides, breeding in the southwestern United States (western Texas to southern California), and migrating in winter to north-central Mexico and Baja California Sur. There is also a non-migratory population in central Mexico.

The Killdeer:  A shorebird you can see without going to the beach, Killdeer are graceful plovers common to lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots.

The Killdeer: A shorebird you can see without going to the beach, Killdeer are graceful plovers common to lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, and parking lots.

Harris's Sparrow seems pretty common looking, apparently is not often seen in Minnesota.

Harris's Sparrow seems pretty common looking, apparently is not often seen in Minnesota.

White throated sparrow. i think of my dad when I hear his sweet song.

White throated sparrow. i think of my dad when I hear his sweet song.

Groenling - In de winter als het voedsel schaars is, komen de groenlingen in gezelschap van andere vogelsoorten zoals de vinken, mezen, merels en spreeuwen op de voederplaatsen bij de huizen af.

Groenling - In de winter als het voedsel schaars is, komen de groenlingen in gezelschap van andere vogelsoorten zoals de vinken, mezen, merels en spreeuwen op de voederplaatsen bij de huizen af.

FOX SPARROW (Passerella iliaca) - breed in thickets and chaparral across northern North America & south along the western mountains. They forage on leaf litter and bare ground, usually under dense cover. During the breeding season they eat mainly insects. They find their prey with a “double-scratch” involving a hop forward and an immediate hop back, during which they simultaneously scratch both feet backwards through the leaf litter--I see them do this all the time in my Auburn backyard!

FOX SPARROW (Passerella iliaca) - breed in thickets and chaparral across northern North America & south along the western mountains. They forage on leaf litter and bare ground, usually under dense cover. During the breeding season they eat mainly insects. They find their prey with a “double-scratch” involving a hop forward and an immediate hop back, during which they simultaneously scratch both feet backwards through the leaf litter--I see them do this all the time in my Auburn backyard!

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