Tohwees and Sparrows

The golden-crowned sparrow is a frequent winter visitor/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

Sparrows are ground-feeders who frequent grasslands, wetlands and shrubs. Look for these species on your next refuge visit:

  • Dark-eyed Junco

    The dark-eyed junco is a common Refuge sight/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    This well-known sparrow has a dark hood and white outer tail edges that are most visible when it flies. Juncos are at home in forests and backyard feeding stations. They frequently travel with other juncos and occasionally in winter foraging flocks of chickadees and kinglets.

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  • Fox Sparrow

    The fox sparrow is large and darkly colored in the Pacific Northwest/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Large and dark, the Northwestern version of this sparrow is an uncommon fall, winter and spring resident. Look for it in mixed flocks of sparrows.

  • Golden-crowned Sparrow

    The golden-crowned sparrow is commonly seen at the Refuge in winter/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    A stout sparrow, the golden-crowned forages in hedgerows and forest edges throughout the refuge.  Only the male of this species dons the golden crown for which this species is named.

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  • Savannah Sparrow

    The Savannah sparrow nests at the Refuge/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    A common summer sparrow, the Savannah is a bird of fields, salt marshes and grasslands. Heavily streaked and generally light in color, this sparrow has a yellow eyebrow.

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  • Spotted Towhee

    The spotted towee is often heard calling during spring months/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    This large sparrow is more often heard than seen. It spends most of its time foraging in dense shrubs. It scratches through the leaves with both feet at the same time making lots of noise. In spring, listen for its trilling song, “teeeeeaaaa”.

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  • Song Sparrow

    The song sparrow has a melodious song/Photo Courtesy of Rollin Bannow

    A year round resident of the refuge, the song sparrow is commonly seen along forest edges, hedgerows and near wetlands. The song sparrow is heavily streaked with a grey eyebrow line.

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  • White-crowned Sparrow

    White-crowned sparrows are aptly named/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    This common sparrow is aptly named.

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