You might have seen this bird recently.
Avid birder John Woods sent in this photo, because recently he has been watching a wave of white-crowned sparrows in the Shuswap.
He took the photo on May 1, at which time he said he was seeing more than 100 of the sparrows some days. He said given that number, there must be thousands in the Shuswap during the height of their spring migration.
They arrived in late April. Woods predicted that most were moving northward in B.C., although a few would stay to nest.
“Unlike many sparrows, adult white-crowned sparrows are easy to identify. You can often see their boldly lined black-and-white heads without the aid of binoculars. They also draw attention by singing as they migrate, saturating the morning air with an unmistakable excitement as their nesting season approaches,” he said.
Unlike ducks lined up on the shore of the lake, Woods said white-crowns in lawns and garden shrubs are difficult to count.