In spring and summer there are dozens of Song Sparrows at Humber Bay:
In fall, they head south and some reach northern Mexico. Song Sparrows consume large quantities of insects, spiders, and other arthropods in the warmer months. In colder months they look for fruit and seeds.
Fruit and seeds are often not available in wintertime in the Toronto area so It is always a surprise to find a Song Sparrow and I did on this day:
This bird is betting heavily on having humans constantly distributing seed in this park. Another sparrow which occasionally spends the winter near bird feeders is the White-throated Sparrow.
Usually we see them here only during migration.
Today there was one mingling with the House Sparrows and devouring bird seed.
There are always some robins in our area in winter and there were on this day:
Then came the merry makers in,
And carols roar’d with blithesome din;
If unmelodious was the song,
It was a hearty note, and strong. – Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)