The White Crowned Sparrow has distinctive stripes on his head.
A Cardinal and a White Crowned Sparrow share some sunflower seeds.
When we put out food for the birds we hope for the "pretty" birds. Usually that means colorful. But where there is food there are all kinds of hungry birds, many of them sparrows. At first glance, a sparrow is a sparrow, but actually there are many different varieties.
Since it has rained steadily for the past week, I have spent more time looking out the window at the bird feeders. Whenever there is a break in the rain birds swoop in for a quick meal. I had never noticed the White Crowned sparrow before but they love sunflower seeds. They are a little larger than the other sparrows, almost as large as the cardinal. Sparrows get hungry too.