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vesper sparrow

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
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The strain opens with smooth, sweet notes almost exactly like the introductory syllables of the vesper sparrow.

    A Florida Sketch-Book Bradford Torrey
  • Under my window on the other side came a vesper sparrow family.

    Upon The Tree-Tops Olive Thorne Miller
  • 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
  • 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
  • This is the only one of our common sparrows that shows the white feather—the vesper sparrow, or bay-winged bunting.

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

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

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