There’s a lotta sparrows


A carolina wren. See how the tail and the beak aren’t that much different in size?

Feeding a lot of birds due to being (almost) snowed in for two weeks. The single feeder gets emptied out once every three days, which is impressive considering only little birds get in there. Birds of the Carolinas says we have between 400 and 500 different species in the state, but I only have only seen nine this week, ordered by size: Mourning doves (Zenaida macroura), Cardinals (Cardinalis cardinals), Song sparrows (Melospiza melodia), White throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis), Chipping sparrows (Spizella passerina), Carolina wrens (Thryothorus ludovicianus), Tufted tit-mice (Baeolophus bicolor), Dark eyed juncos (Juno hyemalis), and Carolina chickadees (Poecile carolinensis)

Here’s how to tell them apart:

Mourning doves. They look nicer than pigeons.


Lady type cardinal. Still got a lot of red, but not as obnoxiously colored as the males.

Cardinals. They’re red. They look like cardinals. Duh.

The sparrows: White throats have white throats. Song sparrows have black spotted bellies, looking like notes. Chipping sparrows have a chestnut splotch on their heads (Chipping=chestnut).

Carolina wrens have short stubby tails and a pretty long beak. Also they stand weird.


A cold little junco, waiting for some seeds.

Tit-mice are bluish on the back, small, with a tiny top knot.

Juncos are itty bitty guys, mostly grey with darkish heads.

And chickadees are even itty bittier guys, with a black splotch on their head and throat.

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