Thursday, March 16, 2006

Fox Sparrow

Fox sparrow Passerella iliaca
One of the signs of spring is heard at dawn and dusk in elegant vocalizations of the Fox sparrow with its rising clear notes and melodic descending whistles. These sounds are frequently combined with strong rustling of the leaves and grasses as the Fox sparrow scratches vigorously for seeds and insects.
This morning a flock of perhaps a dozen Fox sparrows began their morning concert and now they are working through the layer of leaves under the trees and around the edges of the clearing. I discovered two of them working through the sunflower seed hulls dropped beneath feeders.

The Fox sparrow is identified by his Gray eyebrow, crown, nape and back; bright rufous rump and long rufous tail; rufous cheeks, malar streak, streaks on back, wings and spotting below


Blogger harmonyinline said...

Fox Sparrows fantastic! Lucky you.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Blue Dog said...

Since moving to town last fall, I miss our birds incredibly. We used to have so many, but now it is only an occassional sighting and their songs in the distance. I love little birds--I find them both beautiful and facinating. Your photos make me feel like I could reach out and touch them. They're wonderful.

12:23 AM  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

Oh, these photos are lovely! What a beautiful little bird. The stripes on its breast are striking.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Fox sparrows... so beautiful. Thanks :-)

12:10 PM  
Blogger Pica said...

Oh so great to see this. Ours are so very dark.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

I don't think I've ever seen a Fox Sparrow until now - I'm in love - thanks.

8:35 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Aren't they pretty birds? I don't see them very often, maybe that it is why I like these big sparrows so much! Thanks for the great pics!

9:34 PM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

Fox sparrow-- I just love that name. Beautiful photographs of a very sweet little bird.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Cindy said...

I haven't viewed a fox sparrow in way too long, so the photos were a treat to view.. anyone who overlooks sparrows as 'dull or uninteresting' didn't look long enough. Delightful post.

11:33 AM  

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