Monday, February 27, 2012
Z ~ Zonotrichia leucophyrus , White-crowned sparrow
This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite bird photos.
The White-crowned sparrow is a harbinger of Spring. The males perch up on shrubs trees and just about anyplace and sing their sweet song...
"I'm a Pretty little bird(ie).
In different regions of North America this birds song will vary. Sometimes buzzy or rusty sounding, other times clipping off syllables of the phrase. I think the "I'm a pretty little birdie" is unique to the Puget Sound and Vancouver BC area.
To me it is a sure sign of Spring. The males should be showing up in the next three weeks or so.
I think they come on the same bus as the Rufous Hummingbirds.