I recently took everyone's advice for a birdy birthday, and other than the Barred Owl calling just eight minutes shy of the day being over (thanks, Chris, best gift ever!!), this perky White-throated Sparrow entertained me for quite a while near the cottage:
White-throated Sparrows have two colour forms, tan-striped and white-striped, like this beauty:
Their mating pattern is unique in that individuals will almost always mate with a sparrow of the opposite morph:
A touch of brown can be seen on either side of the white stripe on his crown:
Nice views of his wings that are brown with buff edges, as well as two narrow white wing bars, and quite a long tail:
A front view of a clean gray breast contrasted by his white throat, as he sings that "Home Sweet Canada, Canada, Canada" tune that instantly melts our hearts:
And off he goes, reaching for the sky, bye bye!