Pretty close similarity, right?? (Not exactly the same in terms of pitches, but pretty darn close nonetheless.) I don't know whether this is the same bird who serenaded us years ago, or whether it's another individual who learned the same basic song from that earlier bird. Either way, I think it's a pretty cool sonic coincidence.
Even crazier, though, is the fact that Paul and I are not the only people to have heard this particular tune in a Song Sparrow's repertoire. I did a Google search for "Song Sparrow" and "La donna è mobile" and came across this passage from a 1921 field guide by Ferdinand Schuyler Mathews, Field Book of Wild Birds and Their Music (Google Books link here):
|Mathews 1921, pp. 114-116|
Mathews' book turns out to be pretty wacky and awesome. He transcribes bird songs into music notation, often with newly composed accompaniment, and makes these types of comparisons to classical music throughout. It's definitely worth flipping through for fun!
After all this, the Song Sparrow's name seems extremely accurate. Here's to many more concerts to come from these awesome little brown birds. :)