Red Fox Sparrow

This morning (12 April 2017) we had two Red Fox Sparrows (P. i. iliaca) visiting our yard in Ottawa, Ontario. I particularly love the mountain-top chevrons to the underside of their bodies. As much as easterner, P. i. iliaca, is a lovely bird, the west coast, where many subspecies may be seen during spring/fall passage, is the truly the Holy Grail for Fox Sparrow enthusiasts . Here in eastern Ontario, peak spring passage of Red Fox Sparrows occurs from the second to the third week of April.