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White-throated sparrow        Images © Mark A. Chappell

White-throated sparrows breed in the eastern US and Canada and only occasionally stray to the west coast.   They occur in two color morphs, both shown here.   The 'tan-striped' bird was photographed in a patch of red-leaved poison oak at Molera Park, near Big Sur in California.   The more familiar white-striped form, with more striking black-and-white head markings, was a winter visitor near Riverside, California.

  • Canon 1D4 or 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2014, 2015)