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Feb 18, 2012 20:37 |  #1

Never new it was so hard to id a sparrow. So many different types. I think is a rufous-crowned sparrow can anyone help confirm if I'm right


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Feb 18, 2012 20:42 |  #2

i don't think so, the bi-coloured bill is a give away(for it not being a Rufous).

my guess, American Tree sparrow.




  
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Feb 18, 2012 20:47 |  #3

After looking through matching photos I think you're right. Lots of similar sparrows hard for a newbie to get it right. Thanks for the help


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Feb 18, 2012 20:51 |  #4

It is 100% a Chipping Sparrow.


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Feb 18, 2012 22:29 |  #5

lhoy wrote in post #13922156 (external link)
It is 100% a Chipping Sparrow.

Disagree...the bi-colored bill, with bright yellow on the lower half is pretty classic for the American Tree Sparrow. We have plenty of Chippers here and I have never seen this kind of bill coloration on them. You can also see just the edge of the breast spot in this photo, something the Chipper doesn't have.


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Feb 18, 2012 22:30 |  #6

I respectfully disagree, lhoy. It is much more consistent with an American Tree Sparrow including the bicolor bill and smudge on the chest which is visible in the second shot. Head markings, especially grayer overall cheeks and rufous versus darker eyeline also diagnostic for AMTS, don't you think?


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Feb 19, 2012 00:07 |  #7

Beak color is very difficult for a bird to change; though it does rarely happen. I'm going with American Tree Sparrow also.


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Feb 19, 2012 08:36 |  #8

Tree sparrow.
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Feb 19, 2012 15:00 |  #9

Chipping I would say!


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Feb 19, 2012 17:07 |  #10

BGgraphy wrote in post #13925244 (external link)
Chipping I would say!

A Chipping sparrow would not have a two toned beak. American Tree Sparrows have yellow on half of their lower mandible like this bird does. This bird also has the diagnostic chest smudge in the second photo.


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Feb 19, 2012 17:54 |  #11

Heh Heh, I am very good at being wrongg, I guess I should have mentioned that. lol


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Feb 19, 2012 21:24 |  #12

Thanks to everyone for making it more confusing. I guess I'll go with American Tree Sparrow.
It's a great shot either way . Thanks to all


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Feb 19, 2012 21:43 |  #13

I would definitely vote American Tree Sparrow - there are a ton of sparrows for sure, so it does make it difficult. :)


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