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Singing Fox Sparrow
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- Subject: Singing Fox Sparrow
- From: Mjwestphal230@aol.com
- Date: Sun, 26 Nov 2000 19:58:53 EST
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I went to one of the heavy duty sparrow spots in the Mills/French Broad River
valley of Henderson County today and, naturally, encountered a lot of
sparrows. Most common were Song and White-crowned followed by
White-throated, Swamp, and Savannah. I wasn't counting, but I'd guess there
were in excess of fifty White-crowned and may have been quite a few more than
that. Lot's of them were singing, which isn't that unusual, but what was
unusual was a singing Fox Sparrow. There were actually about 5 or 6 Fox
Sparrows together, but one of them was singing full throttle, first from the
top of a low tree and then from a tall bush. He kept it up for at least a
half hour. I can't say that I've ever heard them singing in the fall before.
Maybe it was some kind of hormonal confusion or maybe it was the nice warm
morning after that nasty cold snap. Anyway, they have a very pretty song.
Kind of oriole-like.
Marilyn Westphal/Hendersonville (southern NC mountains)