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Nov 29, 2011

4 subspecies of Fox Sparrow

                                                                                                                                                                         Photo by BarrytheBirder
Passerella iliaca
The Fox Sparrow (above) was an unexpected but pleasant surprise in the backyard this afternoon.   I was sitting waiting to photograph House Finches and Purple Finches when this visitor joined the finches, the juncos, the sparrows and the chickadees.   I did not know, until now, that there are now 4 subspecies of Fox Sparrows.   The Sooty, Slate-coloured, and Thick-billed subspecies all live on the west coast of Canada and the U.S.A.   The Red Fox Sparrow (pictured above) can be found in Alaska and right across northern Canada.  Fox Sparrows are always great to have around.   They're big, brightly coloured and have a brilliant and musical song in the spring.   This was a bonus, probably because of  the record-breaking, mild, November weather we've had in southern Ontario.
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