Plumage/Description: Male and Female plumage similar. Generally characterized by overall rufous streaking, down the back, breast, belly and flanks. Head and back gray with rufous streaking. Wings and tail are a rich brown, even a rufous color.
Time of year: Winter
Relative Abundance: Fairly common
Behavior: A rare visitor to backyard bird feeding stations unless your home is situated adjacent to a wetlands habitat. This species prefers the margins around lakes, ponds, and streams. Song Sparrows are real skulkers and are frequently heard more often than seen.
Diet: Seeds, insects
Similar species: Lincoln’s Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow
Best Sites: Pine Lakes, Willow Lake environs, Watson Woods, Granite Creek.