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Absence of white-throated sparrows may be cause for concern

I saw this particular white-throated sparrow while out birding with my brother about a year ago.  It popped up out of a thicket to perch on a rose bush and bask in the sun. (Bill Danielson)
I saw this particular white-throated sparrow while out birding with my brother about a year ago. It popped up out of a thicket to perch on a rose bush and bask in the sun. (Bill Danielson)
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I am writing to you today to ask for your help. A bird has been completely absent from my yard this winter, and I am a little unsettled by the very idea of it. White-throated sparrows (Zonotricha albicolis) are so common in our area that they can rightly be described as fixtures at winter feeders. This year, however, for the first time in the 25 years that I have been birding, I have not seen ...


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