[TN-Bird] American Tree Sparrow

  • From: "Tommy Curtis" <tcbirdwatch@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "TN-Bird Post" <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 10:36:53 -0600

This must be the year of Pine Siskins and American Tree Sparrows coming to 
Tennessee for the winter.  We've had Pine Siskins almost every winter since 
moving to Smithville in 2003 but never in the numbers we are seeing now - there 
were 7 at one of our feeders yesterday when I took a quick look.  We kept the 
drapes closed over the picture windows most of the day due to the extreme cold. 
This morning we have our first ever in the yard American Tree Sparrow and we 
kept the drapes open long enough to get great views of the bird as it fed about 
25 feet away.  I had forgotten how similar they are to the Field Sparrows in 
general appearance but seeing them side by side in the yard the American Tree 
is very distinctive.  This is yard bird #138 according to Virginia's records.  

Tommy & Virginia Curtis
Smithville, TN
DeKalb County
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