[Tweeters] very unusual White-crowned Sparrow song

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Sun May 9 22:08:31 PDT 2021

This morning in Port Townsend I watched and recorded an apparent pugetensis
White-crowned Sparrow singing an extremely atypical buzzy song from the
telephone wires near Kearney and Blaine. It was all the more remarkable
because the other dozens (hundreds?) of singing White-crowned Sparrows
around town all sing an identical song with virtually no variation.

The unusual song is here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S87621728
The siskin-like whine just before it is part of it.

A typical song is here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84123936

The song is also not typical for gambelli and probably not for any other
form, though I'm not familiar with others. The bird appeared to have a
yellowish bill and acted as if on territory.

Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA
*Qatay, S'Klallam territory*
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