Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
3 May 2013
The Song Sparrow is an early migrant to our latitude in the spring and is one of the most familiar and frequently encountered species on a walk through almost any kind of habitat except for deep forest. It is usually heard before being seen; its characteristic song consists of two to four loud, clear whistles on the same pitch, followed by a buzzy trill, and is recognized by birders everywhere. Plumage is highly variable from one region to another; these pictures show the form normally found in southern Ontario.