voice: Song several clear pensive whistles, easily imitated; one or two clear notes, followed by three quavering notes on a different pitch. Variable; many local dialects. 63A in. See Lincoln's and Swamp sparrows, habitat: Thickets, brush, marshes, roadsides, gardens, feeders. This hooded sparrow is characterized by white outer tail feathers that flash conspicuously as it flies away. 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Back and wings are patterned with gray and rufous. (16 cm). voice: Song three to five high whistled notes of plaintive minor quality, coming down scale, oh-dear-me. Although its most characteristic feature is a small chestnut patch on the shoulder, it's often hidden from view. 7'A in. In fall and winter, some of these types intermingle. Juvenile in summer finely streaked on breast, hence its white outer tail feathers might even suggest Vesper Sparrow. A rather chunky sparrow of the open fields, known at all seasons by its streaked appearance and its white outer tail feathers. One of the photos I have been meaning to share is of this juvenile Vesper Sparrow that I photographed in the Centennial Valley of Montana this past summer. HARRIS'S SPARROW Zonotrichia querula Uncommon M621. 7 in. Small, short-tailed, flat-headed sparrow found in weedy grasslands. similar species: Hermit Thrush has reddish tail but lacks streaks on back, is thin-billed, spotted, not striped. Then I go out into the field the next day and do the same thing and there are times I don’t get back to those older folders of images for a weeks or months so some images just sit around waiting for me to come across them again. Vesper Sparrows are migratory. Juvenile: More finely streaked, often lacks central spot. "Gray-headed" Junco occurs in Great Basin and s. Rockies. Call varies by type, a sharp chink (type 4) to flatter chup. Some have gray sides, others rust)' or pinkish. Similar to Song Sparrow, but smaller and trimmer, side of face grayer, sharp breast streaks much finer and overlay band of creamy buff'that contrasts with whitish belly and throat; also has narrow whitish eye-ring and buffy mustache. The young sparrow was fluffed up because of the chilly morning temperatures and it was most likely waiting for an adult to bring it food. Sometimes a faint trill. A somewhat skulking species, prefers to be near cover. I’ve come to the conclusion that I will never be able to go through all of the bird photos I have already taken, process them and share the most interesting images here at On The Wing Photography. habitat: Boreal and subalpine scrub, willow thickets, stunted spruces; in winter, similar to that of White-crowned (with which it is often found in mixed flocks), but Golden-crowned favors denser shrubs, particularly chaparral. (19 cm). voice: Song musical, unjunco-like; more complicated, three-part: chip chip chip, wheedle wheedle, che che che che che. habitat: Wooded undergrowth, brush, feeders. Thank you for mentioning id tips. So glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t get back to all my photos! A large, pale form with gray back; usually has two whitish wing bars and exhibits consider ably more white in tail (four outer feathers on each side). The detail, colors and textures you captured in this pic are terrific. Sometimes I take hundreds or even more than a thousand images in a day and I generally share just a few of those in blog posts the day after I take them. voice: Song sweet and gurgling; suggests both House Wren and Purple Finch; starts with low passages, rises abruptly, drops. habitat: Brush, forest edges, thickets, chaparral, gardens, parks; in winter, also farms, desert washes, feeders. They are now lumped as one highly complex species. Note: Until 1970s this species was divided into four full species in N. America. similar species: Immature Swamp Sparrow has duller breast, with blurry streaks and rustier wing, habitat: Willow and alder thickets, muskeg, brushy bogs; in winter, thickets, bushes, gardens, sometimes feeders. Note: Until 1970s this species was divided into four full species in N. America. Female duller, but note contrast between paler gray hood and brown back, convex shape to lower border of hood. Visits feeders, preferring to stay on ground. Large; size of Fox Sparrow. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! LINCOLN'S SPARROW Fairly common in West, uncommon in East M618. Immature Golden-crowned Sparrow slightly larger, has duskier bill and underparts, more muted head pattern, dull yellowish forehead. “Sparrow identification can be difficult”…Boy, Is that an understatement! It also helped that I saw and photographed adult Vesper Sparrows nearby so I knew that they were in the area. "Gambel's" subspecies nests on western tundra. voice: Song throatier than Song Sparrow's; usually begins with two clear minor notes, followed by two higher ones, similar species: Savannah Sparrow lacks white outer tail feathers and distinct eye-ring. In-tergrades are known. YELLOW-EYED JUNCO Juncophaeonotus Uncommon, local M625. Anyway, it only took me about five months to share this photo of the young Vesper Sparrow that I have been meaning to share since my trip up to southwest Montana this past summer. Nice image. I went birding today around the…, Thank you for your wonderful photos and informative stories. Adult: Clear grayish breast, puffy crown striped with black and white. Immature: Has white on throat, less black on crown, buffy brown on rest of head; blotched and streaked on breast. In nonbreeding season, open woods, undergrowth, roadsides, brush, parks, gardens, feeders; usually in flocks, in West sometimes containing multiple subspecies. 7'/2 in. Perched juvenile Vesper Sparrow – Nikon D500, f9, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light.