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I saw both these birds in Lincoln County, Wa.  One I believe is an olive sided flycatcher but would like confirmation.  The other I'm more perplexed - perhaps a sparrow??

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17 minutes ago, Sneat said:

Olive-sided seems like a reasonable option, but I don’t feel entirely confident from this photo alone. The Sparrow looks like a Vesper Sparrow.

I thought Olive-sided because it was perched on a high limb in a conspicuous manner.  The sparrow I thought perhaps a Savannah because I thought it had a bit of a yellow eyebrow. 

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It's a Song Sparrow. It lacks the strong yellow lores of Savannah, which also generally just has a different color 'vibe' to it- not really sure how to explain it well. Vesper also just has a different 'vibe' to it, both in terms of plumage and structure. I'd specifically notice the wing pattern to rule out Vesper though- rufous is concentrated on the edges of the primaries, not where it is on Vesper.

Also, the fact that this bird is perching in swampy habitat alone should suggest Song Sparrow far above the others, which are more birds of dry and arid open country.

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14 hours ago, Benjamin said:

It's a Song Sparrow. It lacks the strong yellow lores of Savannah, which also generally just has a different color 'vibe' to it- not really sure how to explain it well. Vesper also just has a different 'vibe' to it, both in terms of plumage and structure. I'd specifically notice the wing pattern to rule out Vesper though- rufous is concentrated on the edges of the primaries, not where it is on Vesper.

Also, the fact that this bird is perching in swampy habitat alone should suggest Song Sparrow far above the others, which are more birds of dry and arid open country.

Thank you for all the information to help identify these sparrows.

 

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