Sparrow Tales II

This chapter of Sparrow Tales is about the Song Sparrow, which is found coast to coast, from southern Alaska and Canada to northern Mexico. They’re absent from much of the South except in winter.

They vary a lot in appearance across their vast range. Birds in the Pacific Northwest tend to be much darker than those from other regions:

Song Sparrows favor brushy areas where they often feed on the ground, and hide among the weeds and tangles.

This one was in blackberry brambles adjacent to a popular walking trail in town:

Like some other songbirds, Song Sparrows are sometimes seen at the shoreline, scouring the rocks and driftwood for anything to eat.

This bird was only a couple of meters from the ocean:

Although not really a forest bird, Song Sparrows are sometimes found along breaks in the tree cover:

Song Sparrows have a distinctive call that is easily remembered. A birding friend of mine once described it as sounding like “the last gasp of a dying Chihuahua.”

Be that as it may, Song Sparrows definitely live up to their name:

Singing is what they do, and they have quite a variety of songs in their repertoire. Here’s just one example:

The “dying Chihuahua” call can be heard here:

Enjoy! And thanks for visiting.


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