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Song Sparrows

The return of song sparrows and their energetic songs tells us spring has definitely arrived.  The males sing a sequence of notes, including clear whistles and buzzy sounds.  According to nature recordist Lang Elliott, each male has about ten songs in its repertoire and tends to repeat one pattern for several minutes before changing to another. Although other birds may produce more musical songs, you’d have to search far and wide for more enthusiastic outbursts than those of a song sparrow.

2 responses

  1. I assume you are using a big lens for this type of photo but I was wondering how close you actually got to this bird.

    Thanks
    Andy

    March 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    • Yes, I had my 100mm -400mm lens, and the bird was maybe 100′ away from me (I am bad at estimating distance).

      March 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

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