The Clay-colored Sparrow was once fairly common in north central United States and western and central Canada. Now due to intensive agricultural practices it is on the decline. It is found in brushy open areas, prairies, streamside thickets. It has brown streaked upperparts with clear whitish underparts. The head shows a central pale crown stripe and a broad light eyebrow stripe. Also note the brown cheek patch and gray collar and brown rump. Similar winter Chipping Sparrow has a contrasting gray rump. Brewer’s Sparrow has no central crown stripe. The distinctive song is unbird-llike with identical slow low-pitched buzzes.
This sparrow was recorded in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on April 4th, 2014. The Black-chinned Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis). This passerine bird is generally found in chaparral, sagebrush, arid scrublands, and brushy hillsides, breeding in the Southwestern United States (western Texas to southern California), and migrating in winter to north-central Mexico and Baja California Sur. There is also a non-migratory population in central Mexico. If you are in the southwestern U.S., traversing rough, stony terrain with shrub thickets so dense they are a challenge to walk through, you are in the realm of the Black-chinned Sparrow. This remote, rugged [More]
Vesper sparrow at Andrew Molera, Bluff trail 10/29/11.
A Lark Sparrow found by Chris Sheirdan on Sat. 11-13-10 at Hampton Beach State Park, NH was still being seen today 11-15-10 just north of the entrance as it foraged close to the road with several Song Sparrows and lots of House Sparrows.
Several views of a male calling on territory while perched on Creosote Bush and various Teddy-Bear Cholla Cactus. The bird calling in the background is a Cactus Wren. April 2010, Anza Borrego State Park, San Diego County, California, USA.
More of a odder alert call from the Lincoln sparrow that I’ve heard and I have only heard this particular one once.
Ridgefield NWR, Clark County, Washington, USA
Swamp sparrow singing in Maine. By Garth McElroy
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.
White-crowned Sparrows are common in western Oregon. Adults have black and white head stripes. Fledglings are brown and streaky, and soon thereafter, immature birds look similar to adults but have tan and brown head stripes. They have sweet songs that vary between individuals and from place to place.
Perhaps of the most beautiful sparrow song of all is that of the White-throated Sparrow, a handsome species that breeds in northern areas where spruce and fir trees abound. The song of the male is simple yet elegant. It is composed of clear, pure whistles. There is usually a noticeable pitch change at the beginning of each song (after the first or second note) and most songs end with two or three triplets—whistles that are composed of three obvious pulses. Individual males sing only one stereotyped song pattern, and neighboring males may sing noticeably different songs. The cadence of one [More]
Charming video of a Chipping Sparrow giving trilled songs at Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky. The singer is perched on a steel cable fence next to a parking lot. Another Chipping Sparrow is singing in the background, along with a Yellow-throated Vireo and a Northern Parula. The Chipping Sparrow is a handsome bird, sporting varied earthy tones and a chestnut-colored cap.