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Song sparrows can be difficult to spot and identify

Perched in a rose bush, this male song sparrow tilts his head back and lets his song fly. (photo: Bill Danielson)
Perched in a rose bush, this male song sparrow tilts his head back and lets his song fly. (photo: Bill Danielson)
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Of all of the birds that I have ever seen skittering about in thickets, song sparrows are among the sneakiest. They are designed for stealth, and they are very good at it. It is simply a byproduct of the way they live their lives, but it can be quite maddening for anyone who wants to get a really good look at them, particularly novice birders. Among birders, this frustration has been so tremendous that it ...


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