This morning I drove out to one of my favorite sparrow spots and found a White-crowned Sparrow. This spot seems to be good at attracting them, but for some reason, we get our fair share of the "Gambel's" subspecies of this bird. In fact, I think every bird I've seen here, whether immature or adult, has been this subspecies. Gambel's are rare this far east, so it's kind of nice to see them.
White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel's)
Gambel's (or Western Taiga) White-crowned Sparrows can be identified by the pale lores and bright orange bill. Below I decided to include a picture of our more typical White-crowned Sparrow with darker lores. There's a black line in front of the eye that connects to the black in the crown.