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  1. First week of May I was birding near Laguna Atascosa in South Texas. Lots of singing sparrows, both Cassins and Botteri's, but we found that distinguishing the silent birds was difficult. Two photos here, the first I believe is a Botteri's based on the plain brown chest, large dark bill, and a hint of a gray neck. The second is somewhat tricky. Based on the stripe down the side of the throat, some speckling on the neck, and less buff on the sides I was leaning Cassins. Input appreciated! - Justin Watts, MN
  2. I saw this sparrow in Montell, Uvalde County, Texas. Hill Country with nearby river frontage on the Nueces River. Date was September 16, 2018 at about 1:30PM. I only saw it the one time and it was silent. Mostly pale beige with streaks of darker brown and tan on back, sides and breast. Pink legs. Larger than nearby field sparrow but smaller, I think, than a lark sparrow. It has been suggested that this is a Cassin's, but I'm not sure. I'm including some images that I hope will help.
  3. Both of these guys were seen at Sunnyhill Restoration Area in Central FL (near Eustis). I think they are both Savannahs but a different plumage variant that what I'm used to seeing elsewhere. The first 2 photos show a bird that has the right streaking (breast and back) pattern, facial pattern, also yellow lore in front of eye and pink(ish) legs. However, and I wish it were more clear in the photos, it had a lot of white in the back and wings - often appearing to be much more black/white from a distance than most Savannahs I see around here (which just appear brown streaked on buff). Then this next one I'm a little more confused. Spot makes one thing immediately of Song Sparrow, but very white eyebrow and striking facial pattern looks like a Lark Sparrow. However, it has a lot of streaking on breast (not just sides) for one of those. (Sorry for soft/fuzzy appearance, this was outside reasonable range of my lens and then cropped as best as possible). I'm just starting to seriously tackle ID'ing sparrows and know it takes some time as they all at firs come across very similar. Throw in all the juvenal/immature/winter and regional variants in plumage and it really gets fun. Any insights are much appreciated - along with what field marks you keyed in on! Thanks, Matt
  4. taken in southern California, California Towhee maybe?
  5. NYC earlier today. I was looking up to see this bird, and the lighting was poor. I thought it was a House Sparrow till I saw the beak enlarged on my computer. I enhanced these screenshots (from video) as much as I could; I'm not even sure the head stripes in one of the photos is a stripe or shadow, since it's not seen in the second photo. There've been lots of White Throated Sparrows and a few Juncos around here. Feedback appreciated. Kami
  6. IMG_7382.CR2 I was looking for a LeCount`s Sparrow, that was seen on Saturday morning 11/17, at the Solis Hotel, near the airport, in Atlanta. I didn`t find that particular bird, but saw this one on Sunday 11/18, taking a dirt bath, or anting, about noon and haven`t been able to figure out what it is. There were lots of other sparrows and warblers, coming out of the brush, from an adjoining field, in back of the hotel, landing in these small trees and working the wet grass.
  7. NYC, 10/25/18. I couldn't get a good shot of this bird, it stayed in the shade and was mostly beak-deep in the grass. It seemed darker than a Song Sparrow. (I'm not sure the photos are the same bird.) Kami
  8. Photos taken Friday, 10/5/2018, in Southeast Michigan. 1. What sparrow? I accidentally had the "POP" effect on when taking the picture, which really oversaturates the colors. I tried unsaturating in processing. 2. What warbler?
  9. This was taken at the end of August in a marshy area in Southeast Michigan. There was an adult Song Sparrow (I think in the same tree, but not the same time) and two adult Swamp Sparrows in the general area. What is this? These were taken 9/19 in Dearborn, Michigan. Heavily cropped, far away, bad pics, etc. I'm pretty sure I know what it is, but my guess would be a lifer and I don't want to influence responses.
  10. This bird was seen on May 27 in Prince Edward County in southern Ontario, Canada. Any idea?
  11. Hi all. I went out to a pond near Flagstaff, Arizona yesterday morning. The sunflowers were blooming and I saw a lot of birds. 1) This one was clinging to some of the sunflowers. A Brewer's Sparrow? 2) This one was hanging out in the cat-tails near the water. 3) I spotted this one running through the reeds. I only got a quick look at it, and it ran off. Is it a Sora? 4) There were a few of these hanging out in the sunflowers. Is it a lesser goldfinch? 5) This one was also in the sunflowers, but I saw it earlier than the one above. It looks like the same species as 4, but 4 looks yellowish while I don't see as much yellow here, but maybe that's just me. Is it also a Lesser Goldfinch? Thanks!
  12. Hi, I saw this bird 2 weeks ago in Toronto. I think it was with a Chipping Sparrow, but I can't remember. Any idea? thx
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