Monday, April 16, 2007

Torturous Song of the White-Throated Sparrow

The White-Throated Sparrow sings a simple, melodic song. For those of you that are musicians, the song consists of three half-notes, the second (I believe) is down a half tone from the first, the last is down a third on the scale. You can hear here. I only this week associated this song with a common visitor of the Colvin Run Habitat. And only today caught this guy singing his melodic song (second photo). (My apologizes to the bird sound experts reading – my concentration is recording their images, not recording their audio).
Actually, the white-throated sparrow has been heard each of the last four (and possibly more) springs – every morning from sunrise until mid-morning right outside our bedroom window – three simple notes, every morning, for hours, over and over and over again. And, there are many of these guys in the Habitat. I think that you get my point – too much of even a great thing can become a torture.
If this sparrow is in the Habitat, he will answer any time of day if you mimic this song. But, be careful what you ask for – once these guys start singing, they sing for quite a while.

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