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vesper sparrow

noun
1.
a common finch, Pooecetes gramineus, of fields and pastures in North America, noted for its evening song.
Also called grass finch.
Origin of vesper sparrow
1860-1865
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65
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  • Under my window on the other side came a vesper sparrow family.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
  • It was the song of the vesper sparrow and the white-throat in one.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • The vesper sparrow has only peace and gentleness in its strain.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • Like the meadowlark again, the vesper sparrow occasionally sings as it soars upward from its grassy home.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • Peter didn't know it, but it is this habit of singing in the evening which has given Sweetvoice his name of vesper sparrow.

  • In the distance Sweetvoice the vesper sparrow was pouring out his evening song, for it was the hour when he dearly loves to sing.

  • From out the dimness the note of a vesper sparrow sounded and mingled its sweetness with the faintly breathing ocean.

    Flood Tide

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • Sitting in my barn-door study I see a vesper sparrow fly up and alight on the telephone wire with nesting-material in her beak.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • One summer, up in the Catskills, I added another name to my list of ecstatic singers—that of the vesper sparrow.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs
  • One day I was lucky enough to see the bird as it was rising to its climax in the air, and to identify it as the vesper sparrow.

    Ways of Nature John Burroughs

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