Sparrow, Grosbeak, and Bunting Pictures © Bill Schmoker

All photographs copyrighted by the author. Publication-quality 300dpi versions and prints of many of the images contained in this web site are available- inquiries welcomed- email bill@schmoker.org

Male White-collared Seedeater, San Ygnacio, Texas, 3/05.

Singing male White-collared Seedeater, San Ygnacio, Texas, 3/05.

Olive Sparrow, Pharr, Texas, 3/05.

Olive Sparrow, Pharr, Texas, 3/05.

Olive Sparrow, Sabal Palms NWR, Texas, 4/04.

Green-tailed Towhee, Las Animas County, Colorado, 6/03.

Green-tailed Towhee, Grand County, Colorado, 6/03.

Green-tailed Towhee, San Pedro River, Arizona, 3/03.

Head detail, Green-tailed Towhee, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's Chico Basin Ranch banding station, El Paso County, Colorado, 5/12/02.

Spotted Towhee, Canyonlands, Utah, 3/04.

Spotted Towhee, Canyonlands, Utah, 3/04.

Head detail, Spotted Towhee, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's Chico Basin Ranch banding station, El Paso County, Colorado, 5/12/02.

Female Eastern Towhee, Yuma County, Colorado, 12/23/05.

Female Eastern Towhee, Yuma County, Colorado, 12/23/05.

Female Eastern Towhee (probably hatch-year bird), Larimer County, Colorado, 1/31/04. The bird was visiting a feeder at a private foothills residence.

Different angle of the female Eastern Towhee, Larimer County, Colorado, 1/31/04.

Singing male Eastern Towhee, Burnett County, Wisconsin, 6/03.

Canyon Towhee, Pueblo County, Colorado, 11/05.

Canyon Towhee, Pueblo County, Colorado, 11/24/02.

Canyon Towhee, Pueblo County, Colorado, 11/24/02.

Abert's Towhee, San Pedro River, Arizona, 3/03.

Rufous-winged Sparrow, Tucson, Arizona, 8/06.

Rufous-winged Sparrow, Catalina State Park, Arizona, 3/03.

Cassin's Sparrow photo gallery

Botteri's Sparrow, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, 7/03.

Rufous-crowned Sparrow, French Joe Canyon, Arizona, 7/03.

American Tree Sparrow, Douglas County, Colorado, 12/05.

American Tree Sparrow, Douglas County, Colorado, 12/05.

American Tree Sparrow, Douglas County, Colorado, 12/05.

American Tree Sparrow, Yuma County, Colorado, 12/04.

Chipping Sparrow, Salineno, Texas, 3/05.

Chipping Sparrow, Burnett County, Wisconsin, 6/04.

Chipping Sparrow, Burnett County, Wisconsin, 6/04.

Chipping Sparrow, Moffat County, Colorado, 8/05.

Clay-colored Sparrows, Kiowa County, Colorado, 5/05.

Clay-colored Sparrow, Burnett County,
Wisconsin, 6/04.

Clay-colored Sparrow, Chico Basin Ranch, Pueblo County, Colorado, 5/03.

Brewer's Sparrow, Grand County, Colorado, 7/07. This bird's location above timberline, large bill, and song are potentially suggestive of "Timberline Sparrow", although in-hand metrics may be necessary to decide this either way.

Brewer's Sparrow, Jackson County, Colorado, 6/03.

Field Sparrow, Boulder Community Gardens, 12/10/02.

Field Sparrow, Boulder Community Gardens, 12/10/02.

Field Sparrow, Boulder Community Gardens, 12/10/02.

Vesper Sparrow, Pawnee National Grasslands, Weld County, Colorado.

Singing Vesper Sparrow, Dowdy Draw, Boulder County, Colorado.

Lark Sparrow, Yuma County, Colorado, 7/05.

Lark Sparrow, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's Chico Basin Ranch banding station, El Paso County, Colorado, 5/12/02.

Head detail, Lark Sparrow, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's Chico Basin Ranch banding station, El Paso County, Colorado, 5/12/02.

Black-throated Sparrows, Florida Wash, Arizona, 8/06.

Singing Black-throated Sparrow, French Joe Canyon, Arizona, 7/03.

An unexpected Sage Sparrow, Boulder Reservoir, Boulder County, Colorado, 4/10/05.

Sage Sparrow, Bosque del Apache NWR, NM, 11/04.

Sage Sparrow, Bosque del Apache NWR, NM, 11/04.

Sage Sparrow, Bosque del Apache NWR, NM, 11/04.

Male Lark Bunting, Weld County, Colorado, 7/07.

Male Lark Bunting, Weld County, Colorado, 7/06.

Female Lark Bunting with her catch, Cheyenne County, Colorado, 7/05.

Juvenile Lark Bunting, Sedgwick County, Colorado, 6/04.

Male Lark Bunting, our Colorado State Bird. Sedgwick County, Colorado, 6/04.

Composite photo of Savannah Sparrow landing on a mullen stalk, Boulder County, Colorado, 6/06.

Savannah Sparrow, Tawas Point, MI, 5/05.

Savannah Sparrow, Tawas Point, MI, 5/05.

Grasshopper Sparrow, Yuma County, Colorado, 10/06.

Grasshopper Sparrow, Morgan County, Colorado, 5/04.

Singing Grasshopper Sparrow, Morgan County, Colorado, 5/04.

LeConte's Sparrow, Sax-Zim Bog, St. Louis County, Minnesota.

LeConte's Sparrow, Sax-Zim Bog, St. Louis County, Minnesota.

Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Heislerville, NJ, 5/06.

Seaside Sparrow, Cape May, NJ, 5/06.

Seaside Sparrow, Cedar Island NWR, North Carolina, 6/04.

"Sooty" Fox Sparrow, Bottle Beach, Washington, 9/05.

Slate-colored Fox Sparrow, Yuma County, Colorado, 1/07 (Found by Glenn Walbek on the Bonny CBC.) This form of Fox Sparrow is very rare on Colorado's Eastern Plains at any time, particularly in winter.

Singing Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored form), Boulder County, Colorado,7/04.

Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored form), Boulder County, Colorado,7/04.

Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored form), Park County, Colorado, 6/03.

Song Sparrow photo gallery

"Pacific" Song Sparrow, Tacoma, Washington, 9/05.

Singing Song Sparrow, Weld County, Colorado, 5/03.

Lincoln's Sparrows, Gilpin County, Colorado, 7/06.

Lincoln's Sparrow, Salineno, Texas, 3/05.

Lincoln's Sparrow, Frontera Audubon, Texas, 3/05.

Lincoln's Sparrow, Boulder County, Colorado, 7/04.

Lincoln's Sparrow, Clear Creek County, Colorado, 7/03.

Lincoln's Sparrow, Clear Creek County, Colorado, 7/03.

Swamp Sparrow, Hayden Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin, 6/03.

Swamp Sparrow, Hayden Lake, Burnett County, Wisconsin.

White-throated Sparrow, Bosque del Apache NWR, NM, 11/21/04.

White-throated Sparrow, Loveland Ski area, Clear Creek County, Colorado (10,600 feet!), 12/30/02. I think this is juvenile or female plumage, tan-striped morph.

Another shot of the White-throated Sparrow. Apparently there is only one other high-elevation record of this species in Colorado. I don't blame it for puffing up- the temperature was about 9° F!!

White-throated Sparrow (white-striped morph), Douglas County, Wisconsin.

White-throated Sparrow (white-striped morph), Douglas County, Wisconsin. Note the insects in bill that it is bringing back to the nest.

Harris's Sparrow, El Paso County, Colorado, 4/07. Really good Chico Basin bird!!

Harris's Sparrow, Yuma County, Colorado, 10/06.

Harris's Sparrow, Cherry Creek Reservoir, Aurora, Colorado, 3/2/02.

White-crowned Sparrow gallery

1st-winter Golden-crowned Sparrow, Boulder County, Colorado, 12/28/06.

Adult alternate Golden-crowned Sparrow, Lathrop State Park, Huerfano County, Colorado, 5/8/05.

Adult alternate Golden-crowned Sparrow, Lathrop State Park, Huerfano County, Colorado, 5/8/05.

Dark-eyed Junco Gallery

Juvenile Yellow-eyed Junco, Portal, Arizona, 7/03.

Yellow-eyed Junco, Beatty's Orchard, Miller Canyon, Arizona, 3/03.

McCown's Longspur in flight, Weld County, Colorado, 7/06.

McCown's Longspur flight photo composites, Weld County, Colorado, 7/06.

McCown's Longspur, Pawnee National Grasslands, Weld County, Colorado, 5/05.

McCown's Longspur, Pawnee National Grasslands, Weld County, Colorado, 5/05.

McCown's Longspur, Pawnee National Grasslands, Weld County, Colorado, 4/05.

Lapland Longspur, St. Louis County, Minnesota, 10/04.

Lapland Longspur, St. Louis County, Minnesota, 10/04.

Lapland Longspur, Adams County, Colorado, 2/04.

Chestnut-collared Longspur, Pawnee National Grassland, Weld County, Colorado, 4/07.

Chestnut-collared Longspur, Pawnee National Grassland, Weld County, Colorado, 4/05.

Chestnut-collared Longspur, Pawnee National Grassland, Weld County, Colorado, 4/05.

Chestnut-collared Longspur, Pawnee National Grassland, Weld County, Colorado, 4/05.

Chestnut-collared Longspur, Pawnee National Grassland, Weld County, Colorado, 4/05.

Chestnut-collared Longspur, Pawnee National Grassland, Weld County, Colorado, 4/05.

Snow Bunting, Superior, Wisconsin, 10/04.

Snow Bunting showing me its rear end, Superior, Wisconsin, 10/04.

Snow Bunting, Superior, Wisconsin, 10/04. Note the gathered lady beetles, which the birds were gorging on.

Snow Bunting, Superior, Wisconsin, 10/04.

Male Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Frontera Audubon, Texas, 3/05.

Female Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Pharr, Texas, 3/05.

Female Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Pharr, Texas, 3/05.

Male Northern Cardinal, Barr Lake State Park, Adams County, Colorado, 4/05.

Male Northern Cardinal, Salineno, Texas, 3/05.

Male Northern Cardinal, Salineno, Texas, 3/05.

Female Northern Cardinal, Pharr, Texas, 3/05.

Female Northern Cardinal, Salineno, Texas, 3/05.

Female Pyrrhuloxia, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico, 11/05.

Male Pyrrhuloxia, Salineno, Texas, 5/04.

Male Pyrrhuloxia, El Canelo Ranch, Texas, 5/04.

Female Pyrrhuloxia, Catalina State Park, Arizona, 3/03.

Male Pyrrhuloxia, Catalina State Park, Arizona, 3/03. (Darn branch!!)

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Tawas Point, MI, 5/05.

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Tawas Point, MI, 5/05.

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Tawas Point, MI, 5/05.

Black-headed Grosbeak, Mesa County, Colorado, 5/07.

Immature Black-headed Grosbeak, Chaffee County, Colorado, 8/05.

Male Black-headed Grosbeak, Portal, Arizona, 7/03.

Immature Black-headed Grosbeak, Portal, Arizona, 7/03.

Blue Grosbeaks, Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico, 8/06.

Adult male Blue Grosbeak, Chatfield State Park, Jefferson County, Colorado, 8/04.

Hatch-year female (?) Blue Grosbeak, Chatfield State Park, Jefferson County, Colorado, 8/04.

Male Lazuli Bunting, Moffat County, Colorado, 5/07.

Female Lazuli Bunting, Moffat County, Colorado, 5/07.

Female Lazuli Bunting, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's Chico Basin Ranch banding station, El Paso County, Colorado, 5/12/02.

Wing detail, Female Lazuli Bunting, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's Chico Basin Ranch banding station, El Paso County, Colorado, 5/12/02.

Male Indigo Bunting, Burnett County, Wisconsin, 6/03.

Male Indigo Bunting, Burnett County, Wisconsin, 6/03.

Male Varied Bunting, Florida Wash, Arizona, 8/06.

Male Varied Bunting, Madera Canyon, Arizona, 8/03.

Male Varied Bunting on blooming ocotillo, Madera Canyon, Arizona, 8/03.

Male Painted Bunting, Erie, Boulder County, Colorado, 5/9/05.

Male Painted Bunting, S. Padre Island, Texas, 4/04.

House Sparrows, Boulder County, Colorado, 10/06.

House Sparrow nestlings, Boulder, Colorado, 7/05.

House Sparrow nestlings, Boulder, Colorado, 7/05.

Male House Sparrow, Longmont, Colorado, 3/05.

House Sparrow Pair, Longmont, Colorado, 3/05.

All photographs copyrighted by the author. Publication-quality 300dpi versions and prints of many of the images contained in this web site are available- inquiries welcomed- email bill@schmoker.org