Daily Archives: April 1, 2015

I suspect a Song Sparrow

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Song Sparrow with millet seed.

I haven’t noticed any song sparrows at the feeders (or porch railings) this winter, but I am not the best at sparrow ID.

Little Brown Job(noun) Colloquial, generic term used by birders to describe small, difficult to identify birds such as relatively unremarkable sparrows, warblers, wrens or finches.

song sparrow

A rich, russet-and-gray bird with bold streaks down its white chest, the Song Sparrow is one of the most familiar North American sparrows. Don’t let the bewildering variety of regional differences this bird shows across North America deter you: it’s one of the first species you should suspect if you see a streaky sparrow in an open, shrubby, or wet area.

song sparrow

Twenty-four degrees this morning, climbing to the low 40s. Maple syrup weather. Mud season.

I am so ready for this long winter to be over. Migratory birds have the right idea.

song sparrow

The snow is melting but there is still plenty of it on the ground. I saw a couple of Great Blue Herons along the coast but that’s pretty much it for bird signs of spring, other than bird song.

Must study… Great Backyard Bird Count: Identifying some common sparrows