The Song Sparrow is very common in the countryside surrounding my hometown of Ithaca, New York. Although I haven’t worked very hard at obtaining stellar footage, I did have manage to pull off two productive video sessions last spring. In one, the bird was illuminated by the rich yellow-orange hues of the rising sun. In the other, bright overcast skies yielded more neutral lighting. The best clips from both sessions are featured in the following Song Sparrow Portrait video.
The lively high-pitched song of the male Song Sparrow is often heard on cold, clear mornings during late winter (the species is resident year-round in my area). Males continue to sing well into summer, especially if there is a second nesting.