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Here are a few more from this weekend. 

I think these are Black-Throated Sparrows, and from my experience the angriest of the Sparrows. 



This one I'm not sure about, possible a juvenile Black Throated 

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American Wigeons and a Coot

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American Wigeon 

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I appreciate everyone's help!

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14 minutes ago, AlexHenry said:

3 is Bells/Sage. All other sparrows are Black-throated

Agreed, but Sage Sparrow is not a species. Bell's Sparrows and Sagebrush Sparrows used to be lumped as one species, Sage Sparrow. They were split into Sagebrush and Bell's in 2013.

This ID should remain Sagebrush/Bell's since they share a wintering range and without better photos they can not be safely identified to species.

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1 hour ago, Connor Cochrane said:

While we need better photos for a positive ID, I would lean sagebrush for your bird. Streaky back, and a faint mallar stripe. 

I would lean towards leaving as Bell's Sagebrush if you are using eBird. Bell's can show some faint streaking on the back. 


Also, here are two checklists of mine where Sagebrush Sparrow was approved. It was rare in eBird, but you can see the documentary photos I used to conclude it was in fact a Sagebrush Sparrow. The majority of birds I saw were left as Bell's/Sagebrush, even with clearer photos.



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21 hours ago, bpresby said:

I was thinking they were all Black Throated

Any potential BTSP in Nov that does not have a black throat is not a BTSP. The juvenile white throat of BTSP is replaced in the preformative molt, which takes place relatively soon after fledging, with "relatively soon" being a matter of a few weeks to a month or so.

Also, the moniker is "Black-throated Sparrow." The words "Black" and "throated" are working in concert to modify the word "Sparrow," thus are hyphenated with the the "t" not capitalized. That is the same reason that Great-tailed Grackle is hyphenated and with the letter after the hyphen not capitalized. The reverse is Great Crested Flycatcher, in which the words "Great" and "Crested" are modifying the word "Flycatcher" independently of each other. Certainly, the species does NOT have a large crest. Instead, it is a large flycatcher with a crest.

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