field sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 5 inches
Pink, conical bill
Rusty crown and eyeline (behind eye)
White eye ring
Gray (summer) or buff (winter) face
White belly and undertail coverts
Tan back with dark streaks
Brown wings with wing bars
Slim, forked tail
Juvenile plumage (summer) similar to adult but duller with streaked breast
The pink bill, rusty crown, and white eye ring of the field sparrow are
Migration Status: Short distance migrant
Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 12(10-17) days
Days to Fledge: 7-8
Number of Broods: 2, occasionally 3
Diet: Mostly seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November C
Winter: December, January, February C
Crooked Run Valley