Rare bird visitor to UMC marks a first for Polk County

The University of Minnesota-Crookston reported this morning that a Eurasian tree sparrow made a stop on the campus this week.

A Eurasian tree sparrow (lower left) and a house sparrow (upper right) share space this week at the bird feeder in the Nature Nook on the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus. Photo by John Zak, UMC University Relations.

According to a UMC news release, the sighting of the bird in the Nature Nook near Owen Hall is the first record for Polk County and only the ninth in Minnesota.

Known for its chocolate-colored crown and black throat and cheeks, the sparrow is commonly found around St. Louis.

In the UMC news release, Vanessa Lane, a lecturer in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, noted that it is “unusual for this non-native species to be spotted so far from its home in Missouri.”

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