11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
After a couple of years of trying, a little one was finally able to get both of these birds in one shot. This is the first time they’ve overlapped for any length of time. Normally, one leaves before the other arrives. I did a little fancy editing. Both birds were in the same picture, but far apart. I was able to get them closer together.
The Chipping Sparrow is our summer resident and the American Tree is here for the winter. Do you know who is who?
Often they are confused for one another being very similar in appearance. The American Tree has an eyeline that matches the crown. It also has a patch of orange on its shoulder. Field marks not seen on this photo are the Tree Sparrow has a black dot on its breast and it has a bi-colored bill.
The Chipping Sparrow has a black eyeline that goes from the bill and through the eye. There are no markings on its breast. The Chipping Sparrow is the smaller of the two, weighing only 0.4 ounces (11 grams).
Today, the 16th, we still have the Juncos and Tree Sparrows. Our latest Junco was in 2011. She stayed until the 29th of April. Except for brief warm ups, it’s been chilly. Maybe they hesitate to go back north??