Fox sparrow
Passerella iliaca)

Crooked River - Wednessday, June 18, 2008 by: Helen Carson

Here is a Fox Sparrow that visited our yard in late April.

According to the Peterson Field Guide Western Birds: (pp 246)

Larger than a House Sparrow; most forms have a rusty rump and tail. Breast heavily streaked with triangular spots, shaped like inverted V’s; these often cluster in a large blotch on the upper breast. Fox Sparrows vary widely, and it is frustrating to separate them. This one looks like the ‘Rockies’ form with it’s gray head.

Action towhee-like, kicking among dead leaves. This was funny to watch, as he was very active, and also burrowed in among the leaves.



Helen Carson


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