An interesting study is reported in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer about how young Song Sparrows learn to communicate with other Song Sparrows.  Not surprisingly, they have to listen to adults, and when reserachers from the University of Washington played tape of two adult Song Sparrows interacting the young would come listen, but not if the tape was of one Song Sparrow or of a sparrow and chickadee.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.