Fox Sparrow primarily a migrant in the Eastern New York area, most common in from mid March to mid April and again in October. They breed north of New York in Canada and winter further south. However most Christmas Bird Counts in the area, frequently record Fox Sparrow but not every year.
This past year, Danika and I were covering our regular area for the Albany County CBC and we were at about the southernmost point in the count circle and our territory, it was late afternoon and the birding had been slow. We saw something fly off the side of the road and both Danika and I though Hermit Thrush. As we approached the spot, 3 more reddish birds take off. Finally we got one of the birds to pop-up, where we could ID them as Fox Sparrows! Even during migration it is fairly rare to see more than one or two Fox Sparrows, but we had 4 in one View! This sighting got us a lot of congratulations at the compilation dinner, but even now, several months later, we still marvel at the photos!