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Mystery Bird of the Week #5

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (2)

This week's mystery bird is - well, I can't tell you what it is! If you think you recognize it, please comment below. Thanks!





Photos and text by Davey Walters. Copyright 2014.

Mystery Bird of the Week #4

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (3)

This week's Mystery Bird is here! Please guess in the comments below.





Photo by Davey Walters. Copyright 2014.

Bird of the Week #4

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Today's Bird of the Week (and last week's mystery bird) is the Song Sparrow.

The Song Sparrow is generally a bird of the dense thickets, though it also frequents lawns and open bird feeders. It can be distinguished from other small sparrows by its dense underside streaking and dark spot on the central breast feathers. Although not a colorful bird, it has a beautiful song. The sound is sometimes described to jazzy, warbly, and bubbling. If nothing else, identify it by its vocal talent!



Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia


Shape: small and compact; looks like a ball of brown fluff when puffed up.

Color pattern: nearly the same tone of brown over all the body; streaked underneath; streaked mantle; striped crown and face.

Habitat: marshland, wet woods, field edges, and suburban areas.

Voice: alarm call is a high, sharp stii, and contact note is a raspy schirp. Song is a 3-5 second rapid-fire jumble of buzzes, short notes, and trills.





Photos and text by Davey Walters. Copyright 2014.






Mystery Bird of the Week #3

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Here's the mystery bird! Have a guess in the comments below.



Photo by Davey Walters. Copyright 2014.

Mystery Bird of the Week #2

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week's mystery bird is here:


Please enter your guess in the comment section below.




Photo by Davey Walters. Copyright 2014.

Mystery Bird of the Week #1

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Alright. Here is the first mystery bird. You may try to identify it yourself; please give your guess in the comment section below.


Help Davey! Unidentified Bird of the Week #1

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

This female Dark-eyed Junco appeared under my feeder recently, and though the expected subspecies for my area is J. h. hyemalis, the "Slate-colored" Dark-eyed Junco, this bird seemed very colored and buffy, suggesting either a female "Pink-sided" or an "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco. On my Flickr page, a few Flickrite bird experts commented, leaning generally to an extra buffy 1st year "Slate-colored". Maybe I'll have to save finding the rarer western subspecies for later!