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March 30, 2014 - Sparrow Road Route
One of several Crested Caracaras patrolling the route.
Swainson's Hawk along FM 2221
Grasshopper Sparrows were out the yin yang, with at least 15 encountered along the whole route!
Here the buzzy trill of his song is prominent, with a more musical Cassin's Sparrow chiming in towards the middle.
Another Grasshopper Sparrow, but towards the end of this recording several odd-sounding birds broke forth that turned out to be Savannah Sparrows apparently trying to tune up!
Again along paved FM 2221, the morning chorus includes the clear tones of an Eastern Meadowlark, another buzzy Grasshopper Sparrow, the distant whistle of a Pyrrhuloxia, a single pic from a Ladder-backed Woodpecker, the musical cadences of a Cassin's Sparrow, and Bippy's catalytic converter...
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (note the multiple Cassin's and Grasshopper Sparrows singing in the background of the flycatcher's "pupping")
A young Swainson's Hawk glides overhead.
Cassin's Sparrow, one of the most talented of avian musicians in North America!
Granted, the Lark Sparrow is more tastefully decorated!
Another "chorus" amongst the thorn scrub habitat: it begins with two song-battling Pyrrhuloxias, followed by the bell-like chink of a Verdin. Listen for the soft "police whistle" of an Ash-throated Flycatcher, while a Lark Sparrow gets some of its varied song in. Also in the background are more Cassin's and Grasshopper Sparrows, some House Sparrows, and a Northern Mockingbird.
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