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Fox sparrow        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Fox sparrows are widely distributed, large, dark birds of forested areas.   They occur in several races, with slightly different coloration, across North America.   The breeding birds above and at the bottom of the page were singing from alder thickets near Anchorage, Alaska.   These were photographed as they fed on salmonberries near Homer, Alaska.  Most are in somewhat bedraggled post-breeding molt; the bird on the spruce branch is probably a juvenile.   The bird singing against at light green background was in the central Sierra Nevada in Mono County; others were wintering in central California (one is digging through leaf litter, which is characteristic of fox spares).

  • Canon 1D Mk. II, 1D4, or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash (2004, 2011, 2013, 2016)