One of my absolute favorite birds.

Before I moved here 10 years ago, I'd only ever seen a single one once 
rummaging around in some leaf litter under a shrub.  I'd never heard 
one, but I'd listened to recordings a couple of times.

Then my first spring here, I kept hearing this oddly familiar but 
unrecognizable, rather ethereal sound issuing from all around my yard 
one day, very puzzling. Then all of a sudden, wow, my brain cells 
dredged up that distant memory, and I was in bliss.


On 5/8/2016 10:39 AM, Patrick Phillips wrote:
> I have just been listening to six of them sing in a birch tree in front of
> my house!
> First that I have seen or heard this year.
> Pat (Colchester)
> On Sun, May 8, 2016 at 10:37 AM, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> White-crowned sparrows blew in overnight, two on the feeder and likely
>> more on the ground and in the shrubbery since I usually get 6 to 10 of
>> these beauties in spring migration.
>> I rarely get any in fall, so I guess they take a different route south.
>> I note from my records their arrival date has ranged from May 5 to 24 over
>> the last 10 years.
>> Jane
>> (Shoreham)