During this week's Project FeederWatch, I was visited by six American Tree Sparrows. I love these little sparrows! They're called the "winter chippie", since they have that rusty cap just like the Chipping Sparrow (pictured below right), which is a summer visitor in our parts.
I've had 2-3 American Tree Sparrows around most of the winter, but the six could be one of the highest counts I've ever had. It could be that some spring movement has already started.
American Tree Sparrows are a common winter visitor in New York state, and are not shy about visiting birdfeeders. But they begin heading north in March and April to their breeding grounds all across northern Canada and into Alaska.