Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fox Sparrow

Last week I photographed this Fox Sparrow in a brush pile in the Carleton College arboretum. I was glad to find this bird, since I missed seeing any last spring. The problem was that we were too late in returning from our Texas and Florida adventures.

Audubon first discovered this sparrow in Labrador in 1834. The species breeds across northern Canada and into Alaska. In the west, they occur far south into the Rock Mountains. Many, but not all, populations are migratory. In a previous post, I wrote about this bird's tremendous variation, and why many ornithologists believe Fox Sparrows are, in fact, four different species.

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