Migration: Song Sparrows

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) - Summerhill State Forest

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) - Summerhill State Forest

Talking about Song Sparrows as a migrant might not be totally fair as some birds stay over the winter and some migrate south.  However, regardless of whether they are returning migrants or just over wintering birds, Song Sparrows are one of the first birds of spring to start singing.  Here in Central New York they are everywhere and their song is ubiquitous.  It seems that nearly every time I put my binoculars on a sparrow, it turns out to be a Song Sparrow.

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) - Summerhill State Forest

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) - Summerhill State Forest

As far as images go, I have some better images in my catalog from a few years back, but I am posting images taken last week so we’ll have to make do with this one.  Trees and underbrush is starting to really leaf out now so getting more spring like images should be easier next week.

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