It’s been awhile since I added a new post to my blog and that is primarily because I was in Florida visiting family (without my camera gear). It was a quick trip and photography was not the purpose of the trip. However, I am back and anxious to get out again especially because spring is exploding here in northern Virginia.
After returning from Florida, I set up my Nikon D700 camera and 600mm lens to photograph a new visitor to the trees behind the house–a White-throated Sparrow. I have seen many sparrows around the house, but this was the first time I saw a White-throated Sparrow. As can be seen by the images, it is a pretty sparrow with very distinctive white and yellow markings.
White-throated Sparrows migrate to the mid-Atlantic and southern states from Canada and northeastern and northwestern states, where they spend the summer and breed. They eat mainly the seeds of grasses and weeds, including ragweed and buckwheat, as well as fruits of sumac, grape, cranberry, mountain ash, rose, blueberry, blackberry, and dogwood. In the summer, they eat large numbers of insects.
I enjoyed seeing and photographing this White-throated Sparrow and hope to see more around the house next winter.