Monday, November 4, 2013
Fox Sparrow (Bldg. 11D).
People have spotted individual Fox Sparrows in Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Germany, and Italy. Some of these vagrant birds probably made part of their transatlantic journey by ship, after touching down to rest on a vessel far from shore.
Fox Sparrow fossils from the Pleistocene (about 11,000 years ago) have been found in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and at the La Brea tar pits in California.
The oldest Fox Sparrow on record was at least 10 years and 4 months old. It was caught and re-released by a California bird bander in 2003.