Singing Field Sparrow

I used to have this notion that sparrows were just ordinary birds and they were, well I’m going to be honest, sort of second-class bird citizens.

That was when I wasn’t very educated nor very respectful of all the various species that exist in unique niches around our property.

When I traveled to the far northeast corner of the property I began recognizing a special bird vocalization. It started with a few note that were very similar but then it accelerated in pitch. After a bit of research I came to know the song as belonging to the Field Sparrow. While I heard it fairly often, I had never seen the bird that created the interesting vocalization. That was, until today.

I have been busy with real work for a few days, so I was happy to get back out to see how things had transpired in my absence. There’s always something new to see and today I was treated by an Eastern Kingbird that perched not far from me.

Eastern Kingbird

I can write more about that encounter in another post.

While sitting patiently to film the Eastern Kingbird, a House Wren flitted over to a post and began to sing.

From there I took a bunch of photos of a very unique bird that was perched high in a tree. I was sure that it was a bird I had never seen before. When I processed the images at my computer desk, it turned out to be a common Robin!

American Robin

I passed many butterflies along the way, like this swallowtail.

Then I decided to check out the newest Bluebird parents that have chicks in Box #14.

While I sat waiting for the Bluebird to return with food for the chicks, I was granted access to a bird I have never filmed, but that I have been hearing for months.

These are Field Sparrows. They are not easy to spot in the world they choose as home. They were flitting around, flying from space to space very quickly. They landed on the fence wire, then hung tight to the long, green leaves of the corn, they flew up to the tassels, they flitted down into the pasture grasses where they were hidden from sight. The male took a position at the top branches of a small tree in the fence line and belted his song. They moved about so quickly, that I feel fortunate to have captured even a few good images of them. Below are some photos I was able to take of them, including one with three birds in the frame – perhaps these are parents with their juveniles.

I also captured the song and post it here.

It was getting late, and the Field Sparrows had taken off over the tassels of the field corn. When I turned to get home, I saw a lovely sight.

One Comment on “Singing Field Sparrow

  1. Tammie, I enjoyed your blog. Field Sparrows are neat! I know them best by their familiar dropping the ping pong ball vocalization. And their pink legs and bill always identify them. I enjoyed your Bluebirds too!

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