Friday, January 13, 2012

Savannah Sparrow

savannah sparrow The savannah sparrow is a small passerine found in open spaces through out North America. They breed through most of Canada and the northern half of the United States. Some savanahh sparrows at the southern edge of the breeding range are year round residents while those in most of the range migrate to the southern United States, Mexico and Central America during the winter when food is not as available.
savannah sparrow There are seventeen recognized subspecies of savannah sparrows. The subspecies vary mostly in their coloration. Several subspecies, like the ipswich subspecies were once considered their own species. The ipswich savannah sparrows are larger then most the other subspecies. They breed on the coastal islands of Nova Scotia and winter on the Atlantic coast.

11 comments:

Kathiesbirds said...

Nice shots of the sparrow. Next time I am out at Plum island or Salisbury beach I will look for one! Great info!

Snap said...

cute little guy. thanks for your research, too. Happy critter day!

Kate said...

Love the name, "savannah sparrow" and love the photo as well. Your photos are always remarkably clear and distinct!

Martha in PA said...

What a cutie! Thanks for sharing!

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ladyfi said...

What beautiful detail!

Denise said...

Always enjoy the information that goes along with your super photos. Very enjoyable and interesting, thanks!

Teresa said...

I always love reading about the critters you photograph. I just don't know how you get them to always pose so nicely!

Linda Makiej said...

just BeAuTiFuL!!!!!!

Jane said...

Lovely captures:)

Jo Bryant said...

this guy is so beautifull and it all stems from an understated regalness
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Kay L. Davies said...

What a lovely sparrow. I checked out its range map and it is apparently common in Canada but I don't recall ever seeing a sparrow with the yellow markings of the Savannah Sparrow. I would try to keep a sharp eye out for them, but I'm having eye troubles, so I will have to depend upon my husband, my intrepid photographer, to spot one for me.