Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A thistle seed eater

The first bird we saw on Sunday was a white throated sparrow. It has yellow lores. "Lores" is a new word we learned. Lores are, like, the region on a bird's head between the bill and the eye. It has a white throat. Like all sparrows, it's brown for the rest of its body. It eats thistle seeds and Black Eyed Susan seeds. We think it eats echinacea seeds, but we're not sure.
We took this picture of the White Throated Sparrow.

Facts we learned while making this post.
Of course, first, we'll hear its call. Here it is.
The female builds its nest in the morning and on the ground. She makes it from grass, moss, wood chips, twigs and pine needles. Then, she lines it with deer hair and fine grass.


  1. Hi Arden! Your blog is amazing! Great job so far! I've been pondering a question and I was hoping you could help me out. A few weeks ago I went camping at the mouth of the Two-Hearted River in the Upper Peninsula. Every morning I woke up to the sound of a Woodpecker. Do you know what kind of Woodpecker this may have been? Thanks!

  2. Arden, You should ask Jill if she remembers what I remember about the call of the white throated sparrow. There was a movie that we used to watch when we were young called Anne of Green Gables. I think there's a scene in that movie (it's long - about 4 hours) that a white throated sparrow is calling. That's what I thought of when I listened to the call from your link.
    Love, Aunt Em

  3. Dear Aunt Emily,
    Jill did NOT remember the call, so we listened on our blog again so we'd remember it, because we always do it again. Always at least two times. I love you! Bye on this computer blog!
    Love, Buddy