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RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Sparrow Identification

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  • Bruce Mast
    The tip of the tail is partially obscured by a blurred branch but it appears to be notched, which would further support Savannah and rule out either of the
    Message 1 of 11 , Feb 3, 2013
      The tip of the tail is partially obscured by a blurred branch but it appears
      to be notched, which would further support Savannah and rule out either of
      the Melospizas.

      Bruce Mast

      -----Original Message-----
      From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      Of Ali Sheehey
      Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2013 5:54 AM
      To: Jim
      Cc: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: Sparrow Identification

      Absolutely agree this is a Savannah Sparrow. The lore is yellow when the
      image is blown up. All other characteristics are consistent with that

      Yours in nature,


      Alison Sheehey
      PO Box 153
      Weldon, CA 93283


      On Feb 3, 2013, at 1:16 AM, "Jim" <jpike44@...> wrote:

      > Noting that virtually everyone on this site would know which species this
      was after experiencing it for just a few seconds in the field, I think the
      combination of a distinct eyering, grayish supercilium, and creamy
      sub-moustachial stripe is leading folks astray. I have to agree with Dinuk
      and Doug that this is a Savannah Sparrow. The dingy ochraceous coloration in
      the supraloral area and the short tail wouldn't be found on a Song Sparrow.
      Further, if it was a Song Sparrow, per Patten et al.(2003), there are only 2
      or 3 candidate subspecies likely to be found around the Salton Sea in
      winter. The least common is the attractive M. m. montana, which I see with
      some regularity in the Mojave desert in fall, and which this bird doesn't
      fit. It certainly doesn't look like the second most common subspecies, the
      cold, dark M. m. heermanni, which breeds in the Coachella Valley and
      throughout cismontane southern California. That only leaves the most common,
      M. m. fallax, but that would have strikingly rusty facial and malar stripes,
      rusty greater coverts, and rusty ventral streaks, plus a long tail, all of
      which this bird lacks.
      > Jim Pike
      > HB
      > --- In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com, Steve Hampton wrote:
      > >
      > > The coloration of the head suggests Lincoln's, but the unmarked
      > > white vent is all wrong for it, as well as the brown streaking
      > > against white underparts. It must be a desert version of a Song Sparrow.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > On Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 10:11 PM, Bob & Carol Yutzy wrote:
      > >
      > > > **
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Look clearly like either a Lincoln's Sparrow with the buffy malars
      > > > or possibly a Song Sparrow to me.
      > > >
      > > > Bob Yutzy
      > > > Shasta, CA
      > > >
      > > > Hello Everyone,
      > > >
      > > > I spent some time in late December birding the Salton Sea and
      > > > other parts of Southern California. Being fairly inexperienced
      > > > with sparrows I wanted some input on what the bird might be... My
      > > > best guess would be a Vesper Sparrow.
      > > >
      > > > Any help would be much appreciated!
      > > >
      > > > Gerald Sylvester
      > > >
      > > > http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsnaturephotography/8437617878/in/pho
      > > > tostream

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