One of the first signs of spring is the re-emergence of all the little birds. Some birds don’t change their habits in winter, but a lot of them do – even the ones that don’t migrate. In spring they come out from wherever they have been hiding and start looking for nesting material and food. You hear songs you haven’t heard since the fall, and there is a flutter of wings in the trees.
This is a Song Sparrow, an elusive little bird most of the time. They look pretty much like other little stripey brown birds, but they have a very energetic and lively song. This little guy was hopping around at the Brickworks in the Don Valley, foraging in the underbrush. He didn’t seem particularly worried about me – I was apparently more of an inconvenience than a threat.
For more on Song Sparrows, including what they sound like, visit http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/song_sparrow/sounds