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Darn Juveniles 2 - Swamp Sparrows?

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Southern Ontario this morning.

Different birds - are they both juveniles (didn't see any adults)?

Thanks.

Swamp Sparrow juv HVT-7229343.jpg

Swamp Sparrow juv HVT-7229344.jpg

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Both are Swamps, but they are not juveniles.  Juveniles are heavily streaked on the breast and head and are very similar to juvie Lincoln's and Song Sparrows.

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8 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

but they are not juveniles

I think I must have juvenile bird fever/confusion - I thought the yellow around the bill (gape?) was more distinct than normal for an adult and they were both more approachable than usual.

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On 6/29/2020 at 11:44 AM, RobinHood said:

I think I must have juvenile bird fever/confusion - I thought the yellow around the bill (gape?) was more distinct than normal for an adult and they were both more approachable than usual.

Thanks.

Juvenile birds are so-named because they are wearing juvenile plumage. Juvenile Song Sparrows have "softer" plumage and thinner, shorter streaking below, like this:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/246500771#_ga=2.171116256.1727884512.1593483325-334541348.1399337695

 

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