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Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-28
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-30 18:19
Viewed: 2907
Points: 12
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I spent this past Saturday sitting in a swamp at Killbuck Marsh located near Shreve Ohio. I was hoping that after a long winter I might finally get some really cool pictures of birds.

I didn't see all that many birds, and the ones I did see were usually too far away to get any decent shots. This is a photo of a song sparrow that I took as I was leaving the area to check out a different spot.

The Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia, is a medium-sized American sparrow.

Adults have brown upperparts with dark streaks on the back and are white underneath with dark streaking and a dark brown spot in the middle of the breast. They have a brown cap and a long brown rounded tail. Their face is grey with a streak through the eye. For subspecies, see below.

In the field, they are most easily confused with its congener the Lincoln's Sparrow, and the Savannah Sparrow. The former can be recognized by its shorter, greyer tail and the differently-patterned head, the brown cheeks forming a clear-cut angular patch. The Savannah Sparrow has a forked tail and yellowish flecks on the face when seen up close.

Although they are a habitat generalist[1], their favorite habitat is brushy areas and marshes, including salt marshes, across most of Canada and the United States. They also thrive in human areas, such as in suburbs, along edges in agricultural areas, and along roadsides. In southern locations, they are permanent residents. Northern birds migrate to the southern United States or Mexico, where there is also a local population resident all year round. The Song Sparrow is a very rare vagrant to western Europe, with a few recorded in Great Britain and Norway.

These birds forage on the ground, in shrubs or in very shallow water. They mainly eat insects and seeds. Birds in salt marshes may also eat small crustaceans. They nest either in a sheltered location on the ground or in trees or shrubs.

Info from: Wikipedia..the free encyclopedia

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I am like you. I have been out with out much success, but isn't that why we do this photo stuff. So we can get out in the world.

I like the clarity of the Song Sparrow. The diagonal limb sure helps the photo.

Take care - Bob

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-30 23:52]

Hola amigo,
bonita captura y encuadre,
fino pov y foco...

Hi, Ron,

what a lovely capture. very nice composition, colours and details. I like the mood of this photo a lot. thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

the bisecting natural perch makes it super in the way you angle it in frame...and this one is true earth tones as well...You show off Ohio better than I remember..but my last years were in the city and very much not as pretty as this!

Hi Ron,

A nice bird portrait again, nice composition, caught it at the right moment.

I used to have those around all Winter, as I used to put seed on the ground for them and other species that don't usually go to feeders, then in late Winter/early Spring, they would disappear and be replaced by Chipping Sparrows which look similar, so I'd often not notice that the switch of species had occurred.

They were also a favorite of the Coopers and Sharp-shinned Hawks that used to hang around my yard too. :-(


Hello Ron

Very beautiful photo of the Song Sparrow with a very fine POV and framing
with leaving that good free space in-front, and being framed diagonally
in the image, it adds dynamism to the photo, in a beautiful light, TFS


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