Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Time for Vespers

Vesper Sparrow

The sparrow migration is beginning here in central South Dakota. Among the first to arrive are the Vesper Sparrows. I saw a few yesterday in the Fort Pierre National Grasslands. This is a rather plain, brown-and-white-streaked sparrow with a distinctly bold white eye-ring. During breeding season it sings at any time of the day, but naturalist John Burroughs felt it sang its loveliest in the evening, and named it Vesper Sparrow.

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