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October’s Autumn Sparrows (and other birds).

November 5, 2016

September is often seen as autumn migration month, and it is, at least for neotropical insect-eating birds such as Warblers.  But autumn migration continues throughout the season, and October is Sparrow migration month.

Sparrows are with us year-round, of course.  But some species migrate, and October is the best month to look for them in Ohio.

Last month I was out looking for sparrows, and I spotted a few- here they are.

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Song Sparrow

One of the most common sparrows in Ohio year-round.  I always enjoy seeing them, or hearing them call at me when I walk by.

They are at home most anywhere outside of forests.

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Field Sparrow

A common ‘country’ bird in warm weather who nest in meadows and fields.

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White-Throated Sparrow

The classic Ohio sparrow migrant, seen in good numbers.  You can hear them singing their high thin whistle-song, ‘Pure Sweet Canada Canada Canada’.

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White-Crowned Sparrow

This migrant often associates with White-Throats.  The first image is of an immature, the second of an adult.

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Swamp Sparrow

Seen in large numbers in wet swampy areas during the migration season.

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Nelson’s Sparrow

An irregular rare Ohio migrant, seen in swampy areas.  The yellowish bib and face are fairly diagnostic.

I was happy to get a good picture of this species!

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American Tree Sparrow

Normally seen in November, I saw this early winter resident at the end of last month.

Wintering over in Ohio sounds sort of crazy, but compared to northern Canada it makes sense weather-wise!

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Dark-Eyed Junco

Another sparrow that breeds in Canada and winters over in Ohio.

Pleasant birds that make a chipping sound, this one will be followed by many more soon.

In addition to sparrows, one can still see late Warblers in October, such as Yellow-Rumped Warblers and Palm Warblers.  In addition, there are other birds commonly seen this month, such as the following-

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler

A late migrant who sometimes winters over if the poison ivy berry crop is big.

They are one of the only Warblers who can eat something beside insects.

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Red-Winged Blackbirds

This species is very numerous out in the country, and in the autumn and winter gathers in large flocks.

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Eastern Bluebird

These birds are often seen in small groups, probably families.  They eat berries when the insects are gone.

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American Goldfinch

These year-round birds are flocking in their dull winter feather costumes now.

They nest late in the summer because of their fondness for making nests out of Thistle.

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Cedar Waxwing

These birds love to eat berries.  You can hear their soft whistles near berry bushes and berry trees in the autumn.

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Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

These tiny restless birds migrate through Ohio.  You can call them in close to you by ‘pishing’ (I’ll have to do a post on that one day).

Golden-Crowned Kinglets can also be seen, but I didn’t get a good picture of one last month.

That about covers October’s birding action.  Believe it or not, autumn migration continues on into November with waterfowl- if I get enough decent pictures, I’ll do a post about that 🙂

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2016 4:24 pm

    After most of the warblers have moved through it’s always exciting to see these birds!

  2. November 5, 2016 8:10 pm

    I appreciate your posts so much; they deepen and broaden my understanding of the beauty around me; thank you!

  3. November 6, 2016 9:43 pm

    Nice collection! I know sparrows are very common, but they are among my favorite birds.

  4. November 12, 2016 4:40 pm

    So glorious. We had a spotted woodpecker nesting in our garden this summer. So exciting to see two babies flying around our wild woodland area. It really made our day.

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