One of the prettiest birds for me to see in spring, other than the warblers, is the White-throated Sparrow.
The broad yellow eyebrow, dark stripes on the head, and bright white throat always stand out as the bird weaves its way through grass and brushy areas of gardens and woods.
Though they’ve been seen by other birdwatchers in our area, I’ve somehow managed to not see any White-throated Sparrows until this weekend, when I hiked the trails of the River Rouge Bird Observatory at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Dearborn, Michigan.
The White-Throated Sparrows aren’t in southeast Michigan for long as they continue their spring migration to northern Michigan and throughout Canada.
Birdwatchers started reporting the birds the first week of April. And according to the Birdcast spring regional forecast for our area, they’re expected to leave by mid-May.
I was glad to see several of them this weekend!