Find out what Project FeederWatch is, its history, and more
Find out how you FeederWatch, when you can FeederWatch, and what you'll need to do to get started
Review these instructions carefully before you count and enter data
Find out about types of feeders and types of foods, and where to place your feeder
Feeding Birds FAQs
Explore the winter distribution, food, and feeder preferences of common feeder birds.
Find out about color and plumage variations, bald heads, and deformed bills
Unusual Birds Gallery
Find out about bird disease and identifying the signs of bird disease
Sick Birds Gallery
Find out how to identify birds and download identification tools
Find educational resources for teachers, group leaders, and families
Find an article archive packed with lots of great bird study information
Learn about house finch eye disease
Review content from current and past BirdSpotter photo contests
Keep up to date with the latest FeederWatch happenings
These are exemplary FeederWatchers!
Send us your photos! Show us your count site, your birds, or you watching your site with loved ones!
Visit our live FeederWatch feedercams!
Cornell Lab of Ornithology feeders
Ontario (winter only)
See what birds occur the most by region
Explore species by state/province
See where FeederWatchers are
Graphs of regional population trends and distributions
Explore papers that have used FeederWatch data
Lab scientists analyze the data submitted by FeederWatch participants.
See birds well outside their winter range submitted to Project FeederWatch.
Start here for data entry and personal data review and exploration
Keep live track of your counts using the FeederWatch mobile app
Deborah Krauss Smith
Monroe, WI, United States
I first began seeing this house sparrow in the late spring/early summer of 2015 around my barn, hanging out with other house sparrows. (I live in a rural area on a farm.) It looked very white (or ivory) when I first started seeing him. During the summer, I would see him frequently, but sometimes not for weeks at a time.
By mid-to-late September, I was seeing him much more frequently, and also noticed that he appeared more brown than during the summer…although when in flight, his “under feathers” still seem very light. Since feeder season has started, I see him at my feeders with other house sparrows almost daily.
I have never seen anything like this before, so feel very privileged to have this little guy at my farm and at my feeders. 🙂 I apologize that my photos are not better than they are.
22.June 2015 I started seeing this bird in the spring. It was very white, but looked like a sparrow and hung out with the house sparrows, so I assumed that's what it was. I would see if off and on throughout the summer, but not daily; sometimes it would be weeks at a time before I would see it again, especially as crops became more mature.
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.