2016-05-06 / Community

Migration sensation



A white throated sparrow (Zonothrichia albicollis) – one of a flock of over 70 – pauses to feed and rest during migration at a wood lot in Arundel. They have wintered as far south as the southern US, and even Mexico, and are now heading for their breeding grounds in northern Canada. They are known by several French Canadian names, including The Siffleur (“The Whistler”) because of their high, clear notes. To protect themselves from predators, white throated Sparrows – like most songbirds – migrate at night. (Kevin A. Byron photo) A white throated sparrow (Zonothrichia albicollis) – one of a flock of over 70 – pauses to feed and rest during migration at a wood lot in Arundel. They have wintered as far south as the southern US, and even Mexico, and are now heading for their breeding grounds in northern Canada. They are known by several French Canadian names, including The Siffleur (“The Whistler”) because of their high, clear notes. To protect themselves from predators, white throated Sparrows – like most songbirds – migrate at night. (Kevin A. Byron photo)

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