For most who know the sharp, clear and some say “clattering” song of the Song Sparrow, it is with gratitude that it is among the most widely distributed sparrows in North America. Yet regional differences in the Song Sparrow’s song, can make a non-local listener pause and wonder if the repeated, and then changing phrases, of notes, trills and buzzes are indeed the Song Sparrow they otherwise know so well at home.

In this recording made at Frazier Cove on June 21, 2017, listen to the song phrases of this particular Song Sparrow change three times, and take a look at the spectrograms at the top of the page.

For this, and additional recordings of Song Sparrows (and other species) from our project of the bird sounds of Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park, click here.