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1 minute ago, The Bird Nuts said:

This is actually a Field Sparrow with the rather plain face, pink bill, and orange eyeline and cap.

Huh. I'm gonna have to go over the sparrows in the ol' field guide again!

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20 hours ago, Sneat said:

Agree with Field Sparrow

Me, too. However, the most-interesting aspect of this bird is the trashed flight feathers (remiges and rectrices). Neither adults nor immatures should be showing anything like this in late September. While, on average, immatures have older flight feathers than do adults in September, there isn't enough of a difference of feather age to make this kind of difference. I'd guess that this is an adult that was late breeding and has only just begun its prebasic molt, which might be indicated by a few brighter scaps and crown feathers. Weird bird.

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4 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

Me, too. However, the most-interesting aspect of this bird is the trashed flight feathers (remiges and rectrices). Neither adults nor immatures should be showing anything like this in late September. While, on average, immatures have older flight feathers than do adults in September, there isn't enough of a difference of feather age to make this kind of difference. I'd guess that this is an adult that was late breeding and has only just begun its prebasic molt, which might be indicated by a few brighter scaps and crown feathers. Weird bird.

I had to look up four words in your response and then re-read the post several times.  I appreciate you taking the time to educate (however much I manage to retain).

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