January 09, 2017

Field sparrow

Usually a summer visitor to the yard and pond this field sparrow showed up on January 6/2017.
It took advantage of the corn we put out for the cardinals and other ground feeders.

Spizella pusilla

In winter Field Sparrows may form mixed feeding flocks with other species, including White-throated and Song Sparrows. Smaller and less aggressive than other sparrows, Field Sparrows are usually at the bottom of the dominance hierarchy in these mixed flocks. Their subordinate role means that they may have to take extra risks to gain access to food, such as returning to a feeding site first after a predator has flushed the flock.

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