Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fox Sparrow

Weckstein et al. (2002) wrote "When John James Audubon found a Fox Sparrow for the first time on its breeding grounds in southern Labrador in 1834, he had no idea that he was looking at one of North America’s most geographically variable birds, with 18 subspecies divided into 3 or 4 distinct groups…”  I have posted a number of times on this species’ taxonomy—use the search box to the right of the posts to pursue this information.

Because of the cold winter, our Texas travels, and other mitigating events, only this week did I get my banding nets set up. We were happy to band three Fox Sparrows, a Song Sparrow, and about a dozen Slate-colored Juncos.

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