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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Grackle, Sparrow and Meadowlark

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 22, 2012
4:03 AM

Post #9015504

All three of these birds were photographed on Feb 22, 2012 at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Gulf coast about 35 miles south of Houston.

Which grackle is this?

My rambling thoughts - Either a female or a male/female juvi.
Alone, so maybe not Common.
Color looks more like Boat-tailed, but head shape more like Great-tailed.
Adult female Boat-tailed on Gulf Coast has brown eye, so maybe???

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 22, 2012
4:04 AM

Post #9015506

Which sparrow?

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P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 22, 2012
4:08 AM

Post #9015509

Eastern Meadowlark?

I shot a short bit of video to try to get the song. I got the song, but with a lot of wind noise too. Without hearing the Western, I can't really compare.
Video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVjp4FWOroI

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Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

February 22, 2012
11:05 AM

Post #9015950

You got some very nice pictures.
I'll let another take a shot at the Grackle. :)
With the sparrow, my first impression is Song. The head markings do not look quite right for Swamp or Lincoln's.
And the Meadowlark, yes, it does look Eastern to me with the white malar. Our computer has no sound, so I cannot have a listen. I didn't think having no sound would be a big deal, but I really miss it for listening to birds.

I hope I helped a little.

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 22, 2012
11:25 AM

Post #9015976

ChillyBean,

Thanks for the kind words about my photos and the ID tips. It does help. Based on the link you sent me last time, I was pretty convinced that the Meadowlark was an Eastern. I found some songs on the Cornell site and the song sounds like an Eastern too.

As far as the sparrow goes, I looked at the Song. It does look like it could be, but I just can't tell. Sparrows are really hard for me.

Patti

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 22, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #9016425

Ditto to Eastern M'lark.

I'm thinking Vesper Sparrow for #2; the bill is too small and two-toned (dark above, pink below) for Song, also the flanks too finely and cleanly streaked (Song is 'messier').

The grackle, I'd tend to agree with Boat-t., but not 100% sure.

Resin

P_Edens

P_Edens
Willis, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 22, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9016436

Resin,

Thank you! I see what you mean on the sparrow. I hadn't noticed the two-toned beak. Vesper looks like a fit.

I"ll mark this as closed, but if there are any other ideas out there, please chime in.

Patti

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