Date: 12/21/20 9:25 am From: Jackson Smith via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Continuing Ovenbird and White-throated Sparrows, Wooster Square
The Wooster Square Ovenbird now regularly greets me as I leave my apartment. It appears to be foraging on sunflower seeds tossed to the sidewalk by the chickadees and titmice that visit my third-story window feeder directly above.
On another note, White-throated Sparrows recently started visiting my feeder window (in addition to joining the Ovenbird on the sidewalk). They feed on the sunflower seeds that fall onto the window ledge underneath the feeder. I was surprised to see them this high up--I always thought of them as exclusively ground feeders. At one point yesterday there were seven on my window ledge and adjacent tree branches. Is this behavior (e.g., White-throated Sparrows feeding this high off the ground) not as uncommon as I thought, or is this perhaps due to the difficulty of finding food on the snow-covered ground?