The Sparrows of Fall

The sparrows of fall.

One of my favorite things about late fall is the arrival of many sparrow species around my home in Indiana. Lots of birders pass off the sparrows as hard to identify and don’t spend much time studying them, but I personally find them extremely interesting. While we have some sparrows here all year, the fall is when it really gets exciting.

Early in the season, I spent some time looking for two of my favorite sparrows, LeConte’s and Nelson’s. These sparrows migrate through Indiana, and you have to really make an effort to head out to wetlands in order to find them. Many birders affectionately refer to these as the orange sparrows, and I think you can see why in these photos!

LeConte's SparrowConnie Etter

This LeConte’s Sparrow decided to perch up nice and high for a few photos.

Species such as American Tree, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos are sure signs that winter is just around the corner. With the first snow flurries falling last night, I guess winter might be here sooner than we thought.

American Tree Sparrow

The American Tree Sparrow is one of the most common sparrows during the winter months in Midwest.

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrows are another one of the most prevalent sparrows in Midwest during the winter.

Using the comment box below, what sparrows have you been seeing by your home?

Rob Ripma
Rob Ripma, a lifelong Indiana resident, has traveled and birded extensively throughout the Americas.