[Tweeters] Re: spring has sprung?

Jason Hernandez jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 21 19:36:27 PST 2014

I can tell you that, on 2 January, on the North Creek Trail in Mill Creek, I already heard two song sparrows singing what I called semisongs -- that is, very much lower volume than the normal song, barely audible, but fully-formed typical song sparrow songs.  The first true song of the year, I heard on 12 Jan at Walker County Park in Shelton.

Jason Hernandez

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Dennis
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 4:48 PM
To: TWEETERS tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] spring has sprung?

Hello, tweets.

A Song Sparrow has been singing persistently in our yard for the last two
days, starting while it was still cold and foggy. How could it have got
enough daylight to start those hormones raging?

On the down side, although still indicative of spring, the 2-4 Varied
Thrushes we have had in our yard since mid November have all gone. I don't
recall wintering individuals of this species leaving our yard this early
ever. Do they know something we don't?

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