Singing a Different Tune


This week’s photo, taken April 1, 2016 (no foolin’!) at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW caught in the act of singing.

Most WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS in the Pacific Northwest sing a slight variation of the song of the White-crowns I used to hear every winter in Southern California and Northern Mexico. Both populations start out with a long introductory whistle, followed by a series of up and down notes. It’s at the end where there’s a difference.

In the Southwest, the White-crowns end their song with a relatively long buzzy note. Meanwhile, up here in the Northwest, White-crowns add on an additional note to the end of their song. Either way, I’m definitely not complaining; I’m just observing. My ears never tire of listening to either version of their sweet song.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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3 Responses to Singing a Different Tune

  1. Chris says:

    Our house is about 300 feet from the edge of Morro Bay estuary, so we have the coastal subspecies all year long. One of our most common birds here, we hear the song every day.

  2. kathydoremus says:

    Great photo! I don’t have these sparrows round these parts. Lovely little guy. 🙂

  3. Susan Hunter says:

    Lots of WCS signing away at the Ranch !

    Sent from my iPhone


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