Most people think all sparrows look alike, dismissing them as LBJ’s (Little Brown Jobs). But the more you study them, the more you will see the obvious differences among species, and the better you will like them. There will even come a time when you actually look forward to their fall arrival in the park. One of the “best” is the White-crowned Sparrow. Here are two of them photographed in mid October of ’03. At left is the adult, with its showy black and white crown. The other is the much more common immature. A good place to look for these birds is the dirt pile near the big tree to the left of the model airplane field.
October 13, 2003