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Photo of the Month - March 2010
Hello Nature Canada,
Here is a recent photo of a Tree Sparrow at Shirley's Bay, near Ottawa.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo with us, Roy! The light seems just perfect to highlight the detail on this fine feathered friend.
The American Tree Sparrow, despite its common name, spends lots of time on the ground. It builds its nest at ground-level, often at the base of shrubs or scrubby growth, and it forages on the ground.
A common winter visitor in backyards across southern Canada feeding on seeds and berries, at this time of year the American Tree Sparrow is preparing to migrate further north, where it will primarily feed on insects throughout the summer.
Interestingly, the species' Latin name, Spizella arborea actually means "finch of the trees."
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