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Celebrating Spring and Serenading the World! by Mike Oxley

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Song Sparrow on Sumac

Melospiza melodia

Cooper Marsh Conservation Area, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
April 10, 2011

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Size & Shape

Song Sparrows are medium-sized and fairly bulky sparrows. For a sparrow, the bill is short and stout and the head fairly rounded. The tail is long and rounded, and the wings are broad.

Colour Pattern

Song Sparrows are streaky and brown with thick streaks on a white chest and flanks. On a closer look, the head is an attractive mix of warm red-brown and slaty gray, though these shades, as well as the amount of streaking, vary extensively across North America.


Song Sparrows flit through dense, low vegetation or low branches, occasionally moving onto open ground after food. Flights are short and fluttering, with a characteristic downward pumping of the tail. Male Song Sparrows sing from exposed perches such as small trees.


Look for Song Sparrows in nearly any open habitat, including marsh edges, overgrown fields, backyards, desert washes, and forest edges. Song Sparrows commonly visit bird feeders and build nests in residential areas.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, spot metered, F6.3, 1/250 second

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 3 years ago

    How beautiful is this!? I LOVE it Mikey, well done! :O]

  • Thanks so very much, Tracy, and many thanks, too, for the “fave”! Greatly appreciated, my friend!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonover 3 years ago

    Great shot Mike………..Spring is with you!! :-)

  • Many thanks, Dorothy, and I appreciate the “fave”! It was definitely Spring this weekend. Beauty weather, although it’s raining quite heavily now….

    – Mike Oxley

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture Mike, lovely colour and detail,
    hugs Ann

  • Greatly appreciated, Ann! Thanks so very much my friend!

    – Mike Oxley

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • deb cole
    deb coleover 3 years ago

    They say when you hear a lot of birds singing, there is plenty of food to be had! Beauty shot, Mike!

  • There must have been a free “all you can eat” buffet down at the Marsh today, then! Major singing going on! Many thanks, Deb!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Mike

  • Many, many thanks, Shulie! What a beautiful weekend, eh? Now it’s raining….

    – Mike Oxley

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    lovely shot Mike!

  • Greatly appreciated, Colin. Many thanks!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Lynn  Gibbons
    Lynn Gibbonsover 3 years ago

    Great capture Mike!!

  • Thanks so very much, Lynn! And many thanks, too, for the fave! Greatly appreciated!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured, Mike, I like how you caught the bird with it’s head up, singing away. I also like the simplicity and the cloudless sky.

  • Many, many thanks, Jan. “Song Sparrow” is such an apt name for these wee birds!

    – Mike Oxley

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot of one of my favorite birdies. I can just hear him blasting forth. Ours has been singing up a storm (maybe literally judging from today’s forecast) out back.

  • Thanks, Sheila. Much appreciated, eh? Walking round the Marsh yesterday was a joy! Birds singing their hearts out, geese galore, dozy turtles, the odd heron, duck pairs, a psychotic red squirrel and mugged, yet again, by the chickadees. Spring has sprung, indeed.

    – Mike Oxley

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