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Let me throw one more thought out there.  It couldn't be a young Clay-colored, could it?  I've truly never seen a young one, though  a lot of adults come through this area.  I know they have long-ish tails, and maybe they are never speckly like this one.

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1 hour ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Sadly, I don't think we can really tell how long the tail is from that photo.  But my guess is Savannah based on the facial coloration (clean, tinted yellow, tan cheeks), the relatively thin pink beak, and the tan back (as opposed to reddish brown in Songs).

I thought Savannah too, but this was at a feeder, which kinda points away from that species in terms of probability.

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2 hours ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Yeah, Bird Nut #2 told me he thought he remembered you (ejpete) get Savannahs at your feeder, so that wouldn't be unusual.  It would be unusual for us, though.

Okay, interesting. It would be unusual for me as well.

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Just wanted to thank you, Bird Nuts and akiley, for your discussion on this.  Interesting to know that Savannahs don't show up much at other people's feeders, because I've always enjoyed them at mine.  I posted a pic once for comparision at this site with five types of sparrows at this particular feeder at the same time.  I think it was Savannah, Song, American Tree (or maybe Chipping, don't remember,  White-Crowned and Clay-colored.  Anyway, the mystery was solved yesterday evening when a cheeky adult Savannah I've been seeing at the feeder a lot lately showed up WITH this juvenile, acting like parent and baby.   Love these little birds!

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