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CLOSED: I.D. on little brown bird

Cochrane, ON(Zone 2b)

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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Cochrane, ON(Zone 2b)


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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

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 ( ) so that is also a possibility.


what an interesting bird!

Cochrane, ON(Zone 2b)

Thanks a lot Resin. I never would have been able to come up with that. Appreciate the link also.

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

I agree with Resin on Immature Harris' Sparrow. Look at the cheek patch

Cochrane, ON(Zone 2b)

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

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