Song sparrow
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Song sparrow
Above photos Januany 3, 2016, Apiary, OR
Song sparrow
Song sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow @ Hammond, OR

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia morphna

The song sparrow is generically one of the most common birds in North America. It is known as a cryptic species beause of the difficulty in determining and identifying it. Historically as many as 52 subspecies were named but according to Wikipedia now only soe 24 are currently considered valid. The particular subspecies featured here is the Morphna which is part of the Northwestern Group and which lives in the Western parts of central British Columbia extending south to Northern Oregon.

This writer has documented this bird in 2 locations in Northwest Oregon. The 3 photos with the mowed grass backbround were taken in a park at Hammond, Oregon (near the mouth of the Columbia River) on January 1, 2014, while the photos with brush in the the background were collected January 3, 2016, near Apiary, Oregon in Central Columbia County at abaout 1100 feet elevation. Positive identification is difficult, but the appearance is consistent with the subspecies Morphna

Additional information: see Wikpedia - Song_sparrow

- - Updated 01/03/2016
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