Thanks for your note Nancy, I didn't know fall
Savannah's' lost their yellow (and I'm definitely no
sparrow expert!). Learn something new every day!
Beth Peluso, Juneau
Re: sparrow Posted
by: "Nancy DeWitt"
Jan 10, 2007 11:13 pm (PST)
I have to agree with Chris Maack that your sparrow is
a Savannah. I've banded hundreds of
Savannahs and Lincoln's Sparrows, and your photo just
screamed Savannah at me when I
first saw it. It lacks the buffy wash and darker
auriculars of a Lincoln's, has a pale throat,
and the big feet and large bill of a Savannah.
Juvenile and many fall Savannahs lack yellow
I could be wrong since my observations are based
primarily on interior Alaska birds, but it
sure has the jizz of a Savannah to me.
--- In AKBirding@yahoogroups.com
, Beth Peluso
> Nice photos Marguerite!
> I think the unnamed sparrow is a Lincoln's--it has
> buffy stripes on its face and very crisp streaks on
> its chest, like someone wrote them with a
> pen. I can't quite tell from the lighting if it has
> buffy wash across the chest, but I think it might.
> you remember what kind of habitat it was in?
> tend to like boggy or brushy areas. Savannah
> have a much brighter yellow on their face, like
> someone colored them with a highlighter, and I've
> them more in edge or open habitat.
> If you want a good resource in addition to books, I
> highly recommend "Birds of North America
> only $40 or so per year to subscribe, and has full
> species accounts, usally including descriptions on
> variations, photos, and sound and video clips for
> pretty much everything in N. America.
> Here's BNA's little clip describing Lincoln's
> DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
> Small sparrow, sexually monomorphic in plumage.
> Usually solitary, highly secretive in behavior. Most
> easily distinguished from other sparrows by its
> wrenlike song. Plumage grayish brown with fine black
> streaks and rusty edges on wings and tail; face and
> side of necks more uniformly gray than in similar
> sparrows; narrow buffy eye-ring. Broad, buffy chest
> band with fine, black streaking continuing down the
> flanks, contrasting with white belly, distinguishes
> Lincoln's Sparrow from all other adult sparrows.
> streaking sometimes converges into central chest
> as in Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia). Total length
> 13.515.3 cm, wing formula P9 > P4.
> Beth Peluso, Juneau
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