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  1. 1 hour ago, PaulK said:

    Re Merlin I'm surprised it didn't get you there. When you submitted did you zoom in on the bird until it filled the box, and was white throated sparrow given as an option?

    I used the questionnaire id, not the picture id, and it did not show my bird. When the questionnaire id does not show your bird, you have to edit your choices like picking a different set of 3 color. If you thought the red on the duck was black, you might not see your bird. That said, Merlin Id works surprisingly well.

    59 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    I start with my eBird checklist for the day.  That shows me what sparrows / birds are expected in the area at that time of year.  I check those in Sibley and NatGeo to narrow the list, then use AllAboutBirds if I couldn't reach a conclusion.  I also check AAB' history for a species to see how common it is in the area.  If I'm still stuck, I come here

    I just installed eBird on my phone. Thanks for the advice. 

  2. It was spotted late this afternoon in Brooklyn. Size-wise it looks like a sparrow that is fluffed up from a bath. It stood on this 20' branch for a while, grooming itself. What I don't like about the Song Sparrow ID is the bands on the head are blueish, and the brown pattern on its back stops halfway down. 


  3. Thanks for the Id. Merlin Id did not give that choice, so I did not consider it. I mostly didn't like how the wings matched. The GCKI has a black band and yellow on its wing which match the photo. The GWW lacks the black band, and the yellow is closer to the head. Looking at allaboutbirds.org, I see what you mean about the GCLI having more green in its wing.

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