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broots
Cochrane, ON
(Zone 2b)

February 16, 2008
6:45 PM

Post #4546726

Hi everybody. In Nov 2006 this little guy showed up & stuck around until March. I am no good at identifying these little brown birds. I thought it might be a Lincoln's Sparrow or maybe a Lapland Longspur. We normally do not get sparrows during the winter months, only in the summer. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

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broots
Cochrane, ON
(Zone 2b)

February 16, 2008
6:46 PM

Post #4546732

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Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2008
6:59 PM

Post #4546767

Interesting one! Not Lapland Longspur, as it doesn't have the chestnut wing patch. Best match by far is immature (first-winter) Harris's Sparrow, which has the same breast pattern but (?usually) slightly less conspicuous white wing bars, but also similarities to immature White-crowned Sparrow (tho' that shouldn't have any breast streaks).

Hybrids between these two have been recorded ( http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Auk/v096n03/p0595-p0599.html ) so that is also a possibility.

Resin
angele

February 16, 2008
7:59 PM

Post #4546986

what an interesting bird!
broots
Cochrane, ON
(Zone 2b)

February 16, 2008
8:06 PM

Post #4547008

Thanks a lot Resin. I never would have been able to come up with that. Appreciate the link also.
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

February 17, 2008
3:08 AM

Post #4548772

I agree with Resin on Immature Harris' Sparrow. Look at the cheek patch
broots
Cochrane, ON
(Zone 2b)

February 17, 2008
4:08 AM

Post #4548961

OK, it's unanimous, Immature Harris' Sparrow. Thanks.

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