Hi everyone! Today’s bird is one I have been trying to photograph for 4 springs now, the “American tree sparrow”. This little bird is a beautiful mix of browns, black, white and gray, with a black spot on his chest, just noticeable in the pic above. These birds eat 30% of their weight in food each day and 30% in water each day. A day without food means death for these birds. They breed in the far north at the tree line and even on the tundra. They are ground nesters, both help with making the nest and caring for the young. The female lays an egg each day, or every other day, until there are 4 to 6 eggs, but they all hatch within hours of each other and not necessarily in the order they were laid. They eat almost exclusively insects during the summer, in fall and winter nearly all seeds. They can live up to 10 years, the oldest recorded is 10 years 9 months from a bird that was banded. They are mostly a ground bird and readily adapt to being around people and are easily attracted to feeders. They winter from southern Canada to the southern parts of the US. Females and young tend to winter further south than males.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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