17 comments on “Wildlife Wednesday: Birds of Chignik – White-throated Sparrow

  1. So interesting and what hardy, adaptable little sparrows. Look out for some varied cross breeds by the end of the summer!

    • Wouldn’t that be interesting. I did a search of White-throated crosses with other sparrows and learned that they occasionally breed with Dark-eyed Juncos, of all birds. Well, we have a few Oregon Race Juncos hanging around… so who knows?

  2. Also good to hear that introduced species have benefited the locals rather than causing mayhem. Good news.

    • Yes, a relatively rare example of an introduced species (in the wild) providing benefits with so apparent downside. I suspect that, eventually, these trees would have found their way down the peninsula on their own – given enough time. The oasis they’ve created here in the Chignik system is pretty fascinating.

  3. Beautiful! 🙂 I love it when the little white throats migrate through Nebraska on their way to Minnesota (where we hear them at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness). I love their song, so very distinctive!

    • Thank you, Sandra! Our first encounter with this species occurred one morning when we were camping in Alberta and followed the beautiful song we were hearing to the remarkable little bird that was singing it. It always amazes as that these little passerines have such loud pipes! Wow, the Boundary Waters… Still on our hope-to-get-there list.

      • Agreed. . . Oh, sweet, Canada Canada Canada (is what most of the bird books say). 🙂

        BWCA–my first trip was in 2008, the 50th anniversary of mom and dad’s honeymoon to the BWCA almost to the day (six years before it became an official Wilderness Area). Dad had never been in a canoe, but she grew up spending summers at a cheap camp in northern Wisconsin (from Chicago, but they couldn’t stand the heat and they could save tons of money at this camp by collecting food and fishing, paying next to nothing for crappy cabins). FYI: My family still goes to that camp every summer 🙂 Great story (part of it is in my book BETWEEN BREATHS: A TEACHER IN THE ALASKAN BUSH).

        FYI: Common loons are also in MN as well, I love their haunting call . . .

        • Hi Sandra, When I was researching the article on Common Loons, I read that Minnesota has more of them then any other Lower 48 state. So you were in Dillingham? By Alaska standards, that’s just “up the road” from the Chigniks! Beautiful part of the world…

        • I was there several times, and have many dear friends. My aunt taught there in the late 1950s and I wrote a book about her experiences (the book she wanted to right). It IS a beautiful part of the world! With amazing and beautiful people!

  4. What a wonderful depiction of this little feathered beauty and your pictures are fantastic. Thank you for sharing your little piece of Heaven with us down here in the lower 48! Rock on little birds, it’ll be warming up soon I’m sure!

    • Thanks for reading, Kat. No sooner did we think spring was on the way than this morning we wake up with new snow and howling winds! March came in like a lion and is going out like a lion up here.

  5. Very interesting post. I hope you might include some photos of your area to go along with the wildlife shots you’re treating us to. I would love to be able to put these creatures into context.

    • Thanks, Kriss. And thank you for the suggestion! I’m working on an article about the White Spruce trees that have been planted here which hopefully will include the information you’ve suggested. The article should be ready in a few more weeks.

  6. Love this post! Accompanying photos are beautiful & the maps & information are very interesting. Thank you for sharing the story of this enigmatic little feathered fellow.

    • Thanks, Gerowyn! In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be posting additional articles about the changing nature of wildlife in the Chignik River drainage and nearby ocean bay. It’s a dynamic area, with some species becoming much less common while others are finding a new foothold.

  7. Ah, I wish your site was mobile friendly. I’d like to see that spruce reflected in the bird’s eye. Still, always a pleasure to visit, even when I’m away from the desktop.

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