Sparrows are small birds with a conical bill. Being able to identify them is a skill you develop with practice. They may look very similar to the inexperienced birder, however they each have distinct characteristics. Song Sparrows are usually found near water and in open bushy areas. I captured this image of a Song Sparrow (Melospiza Melodia) during a spring morning, while I was walking next to a river. I could hear its beautiful song and eventually saw it hopping between branches. I decided to sit down and quietly setup my camera, letting the bird get used to me. I spent probably 15 minutes with this little guy while it was singing its heart out. It was a magnificent private performance! Calgary, Alberta, Canada.