Very Late Lincoln's Sparrow.
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Very Late Lincoln's Sparrow.

cairnstone

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While I still have an adult White-crowned Sparrow hanging around it was joined today by a Lincoln's Sparrow. Lincoln's Sparrows are rare enough in this area, but in late December? Photo here: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S78254550


thouc

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You get some nice birds in your yard! Lincoln's Sparrow is rare in winter, I remember there was one in Mississauga a few years back.


cairnstone

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Yes I do get rarities at certain times of the year. This little dynamo Lincoln' Sparrow was here the entire day eating non-stop on my offerings. It attacked and chased away any White-throated Sparrow that got within 3 feet of it. Hilarious considering it only half the size. We'll see if it's back tomorrow. I suspect it will be.


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A fantastic yard bird this time of the year. My backyard is very quiet these days.


cairnstone

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My little Lincoln's Sparrow was still around today. I am pretty confident it will be a first Lincoln's Sparrow of the year for me tomorrow. I don't even see one every year. It has a big preference for nyger seed but does not go to any feeder. I have mixed some nyger in with the usual bird seed and sprinkled some on the ground which it gobbles up. Interestingly, when spooked it takes refuge in my barbecue.


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Please don't cook it! The little bird has everything figured out!


cairnstone

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My first Lincoln's Sparrow of 2021. Geez, that was easy. My feisty little visitor continues to punch above it's weight chasing House Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows away if they get too close. Here's a better photo from today: https://ebird.org/canada/checklist/S78405125