|Baby bird taking refuge in the plant while mother (?) looks on|
|Suveying the scene - looking for a spot for a new nest?|
|Does she look annoyed to you?|
|Note nesting material in her beak|
|Baby on sidewalk - not quite camouflage enough ...|
|Mother jumps into plant where baby is hiding|
Today I have not seen the adults or babies. I don’t know if the parents could have fashioned a new nest since yesterday, but that’s what I’m hoping: that they’re all safe and sound in a new home, perhaps a little farther away from all the activity of Folk Life Village on Canada Day!
About white-crowned sparrows
Adult white-crowned sparrows have bold black stripes on their white capped heads. Here on the Pacific Coast they usually have yellow bills. Juveniles, on the other hand, have reddish stripes on a greyish head. Although their looks are quite dramatic, it’s the song of the white-crowned sparrow that has attracted the most attention. Their song is, in fact, the most studied bird song in the world. Scientists have learned much of what they know about how birds learn their songs from this species.
Because of this research, we know, for example, that a young white-crowned sparrow learns its particular song from the adult males in the neighbourhood when it is only a few months old. White-crowned sparrows tend to stay in one area all their lives, and the birds from different neighbourhoods sing different dialects. For example, the birds of Gabriola sound slightly different from the birds in the Lower Mainland. All start, however, with a little whistle followed by a jumbled whistle and a trill. And while in most bird species, only the male sings, the female white-crowned sparrow sometimes sings too. You can hear variations in their song at www.allaboutbirds.org. Enter ‘white crowned sparrow’ and then click on ‘Sounds’. And enjoy!