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Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia

A small, abundant bird seen in all parks around Montreal. It migrates South during the winter. It's name derives of its male's beautiful repertoire of songs to attract females and to defend territory.

Common Names

  • Song Sparrow (en)
  • Gorrión melódico (es)
  • Bruant chanteur (fr)
  • Singammer (de)

Taxonomy

  • Passeriformes
  • Passerellidae
  • Melospiza melodia

Where & When to Spot

Except winter all seasons, along rivers, ponds and pathways. Usually looking for food on the ground within dense bush vegetation but exposed on top of a bush while performing its song.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Champ des Possibles, Montreal 1 0 0 0
Park Angrignon, Montreal 3 0 1 0
Park Pointe aux Prairies 4 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 4 1 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

To identify, I look for a dark brown spot in the middle of the breast surrounded by light grey feathers; the long tail and the dark stripe over the eyes.

Photos

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2020-06-07

NIKON Z 6; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/5.6; Iso 800;

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2018-04-14

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f7.1; Iso 2800;

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Rapids Park Lachine - 2016-04-17

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 320;

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