Outdoors profile: Song Sparrow

09/14/2013 12:00 AM

09/13/2013 9:13 PM

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There’s a good reason these six-inch birds are called song sparrows. At certain times of the year they can be some of the most boisterous of all the species of sparrows. Their songs may come in up to 1,000 variations and almost all are quite cheery.

Song sparrows occasionally nest in extreme northeastern Kansas, but many more will be arriving across Kansas from northern nesting grounds. They are especially fond of dense areas such as stands of cattails. Though they often stick to well within cover, their curiosity at squeaking noises often bring them into easy view for knowledgeable birders.

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