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One Of Our Dullest Sparrows
Category: Birding at the Chico

The dull sparrow named for John Cassin, a Philadelphia ornithologist,  is far more often heard than seen.  That is until breeding season when males sing from either a song perch like a cholla cactus or by skylarking.  When skylarking these sparrows are easy to see as they flutter their wings as they drift towards the ground trying to attract a mate. Although described as a dull sparrow, a closer examination proves the opposite to be true, the beauty subtle, not bold.  This bird is a Chico specialty and numbers vary from year to year. They are back in the cholla grassland, the males heard from some distance away.

Posted by Bill M. on 05/11/2017
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