Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - Melospiza lincolnii

This sparrow is named after Thomas Lincoln, a young companion of John Audubon on his voyage to Labrador. The photo below looks as if the image might have been posed and coloured by Audubon! 
These birds often nest in the woodlands around a bog. The photos were taken beside Blackbird Marsh, which is a boggy area for most of the late spring and summer. 
These sparrows forage for insects from the tips of shrubs and trees, much like warblers, and this photo captured a Lincoln's Sparrow doing just that from tiny branches at the top of an aspen.


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Sibley David A. The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior. Alfred A Knopf, Inc. New York. 2001.

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