If there’s one bird that is ubiquitous, with the Crane Lake area and Voyageurs National Park, it has got to be the White-throated Sparrow.
These little brown birds (LBB’s) usually stay well hidden in the underbrush, but their SONG permeates the forest with a beautiful whistled version of “poor sam peabody, peabody, peabody”. Some folks say they sing “oh sweet Canada, Canada, Canada” I don’t favor either, but I do agree it’s one of the most beautiful and recognizable songs out there.
It’s a shame though, that their name isn’t something more fitting (and easier and quicker to say). Like the Song Sparrow has a nice name, maybe Whistling Sparrow would be a better name for the White-throated Sparrow.
There are two forms of the White-throated Sparrow, the white striped and the tan striped. The above bird is the white-striped form.
And the tan-striped form.
and the two together
But, they always have a white throat – and, they are one of only a few Sparrows with a white throat.
Then there’s the juvenile with the streaky breast. I was really confused when I first saw this bird.
Then I noticed the white throat!