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I've been checking our new IBA east of Buffalo, WY, and we've picked up some great birds out there including Sprague's Pipit, Cassin's Sparrow, Clay Colored Sparrow and Chestnut Collared Longspurs. Along with these there are a good amount of Grasshopper Sparrows, Brewer's Sparrows, Vesper Sparrows, Horned Larks and Lark Buntings. I found these birds in the same batch of sage and grass as the Cassin's, and I originally IDd them as Brewer's. However, that got flagged as incorrect, so I thought I would put it out there. Young sparrows are driving me batty this summer, to the point where I get excited followed by, "oh no, another sparrow to ID!" They are all pics of the same 2 or 3 birds. I think my logic is telling me it's too much good fortune for them to ALL be Cassin's, which are unusual out here.

Thank you!

1.

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2. I think is the same bird as 1.

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3. Possible another Cassin's?

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4.

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5. Has two birds in it, a good size comparison. Not 100% sure on either bird.

 

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The last photo is good for comparison. The lower down one is smaller, smaller billed, and looks like Brewer's Sparrow. The higher up one is larger, larger billed, and flatter headed, and I believe it is a juvenile Cassin's Sparrow.

Photos 1 and 2 are, I think, Brewer's Sparrow.

3 is also juvenile Cassin's.

I'm not sure about photo 4.

This is a ridiculously old thread.

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13 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

Brewer's

Brewer's

Vesper

Brewer's

Vesper and Brewer's

Cassin's is ruled out in pic #3 by the entire length of the outermost tail feathers being white -- Vesper.

I agree with Vesper for three. But pass on the rest.

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