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Field Sparrow Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite:  We live across the street from the Big Sioux Recreation Area, a state park in Brandon, South Dakota. One of the most common sounds when walking through the park in the summer is a simple, soft song, consisting of monotone notes that get faster and faster.  They belong to a simple yet elegant looking bird, the Field Sparrow.  One distinguishing characteristic of the Field Sparrow is the lack of distinguishing characteristics!  They looks so simple and "clean" compared to other sparrows, but I think they're quite attractive.  As for my favorite photo?  This is from May of 2018, and is the first time a Field Sparrow made an appearance in my yard.

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

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Field Sparrow 1

September 30th, 2008

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 2

September 30th, 2008

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 3

October 12th, 2008

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 4

September 30th, 2008

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow 5

September 30th, 2008

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 6

September 30th, 2008

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 7

September 30th, 2008

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 8

September 30th, 2008

Newton Hills State Park, South Dakota

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow 9

October 3rd, 2010

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 10

October 3rd, 2010

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 11

October 3rd, 2010

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 12

May 26th, 2011

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla

Field Sparrow 13

May 26th, 2011

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 14

May 26th, 2011

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 15

May 26th, 2011

Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota

Field Sparrow 16

May 13th, 2018

Brandon, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the Field Sparrow.


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