National Geographic : 1939 Mar
SPARROWS, TOWHEES, AND LONGSPURS © National Geographic Society Painting by Allan Brooks THE VESPER SPARROW'S PLAINTIVE MELODY PIERCES THE EVENING CALM The hush that mantles Nature at sunset throws into relief the sweet caroling of the Eastern Vesper Sparrow (on the post, above). The white and chestnut stripes on the head of the Western Lark Sparrow (left center) make it easy to identify as it runs along dusty roads in the West. Desert mountain slopes in Arizona and northwestern Mexico are frequented by the Rufous-winged Sparrow (right center). The Scott's Sparrow (lower left) is a ground-creeping bird of the Southwest.