Saturday, January 15, 2011

near trees sparrow

What did Simon & Garfunkel sing? Something like, "All come looking for America" tree sparrow.

The American tree sparrow (Spizella arborea: means "finch pertaining to the trees") actually spends little time in trees, preferring to be near trees not necessarily in them. It also nests on or near the ground in a natural depression far north near the tundra and spends most of its year in Canada, so a better common name might be North American near trees sparrow. But that's a bit lengthy.

Their winter range dips down into Kentucky and northwest Tennessee. Wandering small winter flocks are often seen scattering over snow-swept weedy fields and marshes. Has anyone in these areas seen one this winter?

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