Country Cousin

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Recently, I posted some photos of a Song Sparrow, a bird that one sees often over at Sweetwater Wetlands and that seems to be positively in love with living in the reeds at water’s edge.  Here’s an image of another species of Sparrow, one that superficially resembles a Song Sparrow, but which has a very different life style.

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This attractive little bird is a Savannah Sparrow.  Unlike its Song Sparrow cousin, the Savannah Sparrow is an inhabitant of open country and rangeland.  I photographed this bird in the agricultural flatlands north of Tucson.  It is also a migratory species, visiting southern Arizona in fall and winter, whereas the Song Sparrow lives here year ’round.

Most sparrows are specialists.  Each species has its favorite habitat and one seldom finds a particular species outside of its preferred environment.  Many sparrow species resemble other sparrows, so sometimes it’s easiest to identify these birds by a process of elimination.  If a species doesn’t prefer the environment in which one photographs the bird then the bird certainly doesn’t belong to that species.

Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 400DO, aperture preferred setting, ISO 500, f6.3 @ 1/1250.

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