Readers’ wildlife photos

July 30, 2023 • 8:15 am

It’s Sunday, and we have a themed bird post by John Avise, this time on the runner-up to the “Most photogenic bird” competition. John’s captions are indented, and you can enlarge his photos by clicking on them,

Runner-up to Most Photogenic Songbird? 

Last week I showcased the Northern Mockingbird as the most photogenic North American songbird, in my experience.  This week showcases my personal runner-up for this honor: the White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys).  This species is attractive, relatively tame and very common here in Southern California during the winter months.


Adult frontal:

Adult back view:

Adult portrait:

Another adult portrait:

Adult on flower:

Adult head portrait:

Adult pair:


Juvenile (note the tan median head stripe):

Juvenile back view:

12) parting shot for the species:

7 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Surprised how much the juvenile white-crowned sparrow looks like a chipping sparrow. Thanks for the pics

  2. Love the picture of the happy couple! Thanks for this reminder of the beauty of abundant creatures – it’s easy to forget to appreciate them.

    1. The winner was the Northern Mockingbird, as pictured in last Sunday’s WEIT post. And next Sunday I’ll showcase another songbird species that merits “honorable mention”.

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