* Feathers chestnut brown, streaked with darker brown.
* Breast creamy, with heavy, dark streaks that converge centrally in
a dark spot on the throat.
* Sparrows pump their tails in flight and are often seen singing from
the tops of bushes (see photo).
* Body and tail length: 5-6 1/2".
* Habitat: Meadows, thickets, gardens, and roadsides, often near water.
Nests built on the ground or less than 4 meters above ground,made of
grass and weeds, with a fine lining.
* Range: Throughout most of North America.
* Voice: Variable, ranging from musical to buzzy, beginning with a repeated sweet
* Behavior: Feeds on seeds and berries. Eggs can be greenish, grayish,
pinkish, or bluish.
* Some people think the song sparrow is singing "Hip, hip, hooray, boys!
Spring is here!" Hmmm..... maybe that's what it's saying in the spring,
but what about sparrows in autumn?
* "I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment
while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was
more distinguished by that circimstance than I should have been
by any epaulet I could have worn."
-Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862
* "Death devours all lovely things:
Lesbia with her sparrow
Shares the darkness,--presently
Every bed is narrow."
-Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892-1950
* "I am become like a pelican in the wilderness: and like an
owl that is in the desert.
I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow: that sitteth alone
upon the house-top."
-Prayer Book of the Church of England, 1662