Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

Couple more ID's for the day


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Coastie

Coastie

    Coastie

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 320 posts

Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:21 PM

South Cape Beach, Cape Cod Apr 9

Sanderling?

Posted Image
apr9 011 by Coastie32, on Flickr

Next two. Savannah Sparrow?

Posted Image
apr9 014 by Coastie32, on Flickr

Posted Image
apr9 015 by Coastie32, on Flickr
Life list: 327

Photo list: 326

#2 Limpkin

Limpkin

    Advanced Member

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,586 posts
  • LocationAnn Arbor, MI

Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

You've got both right.

#3 Liam

Liam

    Osprey Fanatic

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 21,492 posts
  • LocationHephzibah, GA

Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:28 PM

Definitely a Sanderling for the first bird.
The second bird is a bit odd, but I'm pretty sure it's a Savannah Sparrow with those bright yellow lores and the stubby tail.

4riN89X.png Liam
Flickr | Blog
eBird needs your sightings!

 


#4 Grandpa577

Grandpa577

    Grandpa577

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 3,295 posts
  • LocationNassau, Long Island, NY

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:20 PM

Definitely a Sanderling for the first bird.
The second bird is a bit odd, but I'm pretty sure it's a Savannah Sparrow with those bright yellow lores and the stubby tail.

I agree the sparrow looks odd if it is a Savannah. The tail is not notched and there is no fine streaking on the breast. Is the yellow lores sufficient to ID it?

#5 Liam

Liam

    Osprey Fanatic

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 21,492 posts
  • LocationHephzibah, GA

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:23 PM

I agree the sparrow looks odd if it is a Savannah. The tail is not notched and there is no fine streaking on the breast. Is the yellow lores sufficient to ID it?


The only other sparrow I can think of with lores that bright is the Grasshopper Sparrow, which doesn't match up to this bird.

4riN89X.png Liam
Flickr | Blog
eBird needs your sightings!

 


#6 Coastie

Coastie

    Coastie

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 320 posts

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:26 PM

Seaside? Has some yellow....
Life list: 327

Photo list: 326

#7 Grandpa577

Grandpa577

    Grandpa577

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 3,295 posts
  • LocationNassau, Long Island, NY

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:31 PM

The only other sparrow I can think of with lores that bright is the Grasshopper Sparrow, which doesn't match up to this bird.

I agree. Seaside Sparrow can have a yellow lores but the facial pattern doesn't match (e.g., no eyeline) And yet, most Id descriptions of the Savannah say it does have a notched tail and may have yellow lores. (Apparently, they have never seen this bird.) Sure would like to hear from Matty.

#8 JimBob

JimBob

    Little SuperBirder

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 13,285 posts
  • LocationSan Diego County

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:32 PM

I was thinking maybe a White-throated Sparrow? I think that Savannah Sparrow is the best match.

ABA list: 425 Latest- Black-chinned Sparrow, Mountain Quail
Yearlist: 326 Latest- Black-chinned Sparrow
Yard List- 100!! latest: Olive-sided Flycatcher
My flickr: http://www.flickr.co...s/89595711@N08/  

http://www.youtube.c...a?feature=watch

I may live in San Diego County, but my home and heart will always be in Missouri.


#9 Liam

Liam

    Osprey Fanatic

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 21,492 posts
  • LocationHephzibah, GA

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:35 PM

I was thinking maybe a White-throated Sparrow? I think that Savannah Sparrow is the best match.


I see dozens of White-throated Sparrows everyday, they're nothing like this bird. They're more demarcated and darker with a patterned back.

4riN89X.png Liam
Flickr | Blog
eBird needs your sightings!

 


#10 TheBillyPilgrim

TheBillyPilgrim

    Frank

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 13,013 posts
  • LocationSmithfield, VA (again)

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:51 PM

It looks like a Savannah, but a bit paler than usual (those lores really stick out). Potentially an Ipswich subspecies? I know they stray that far south along the coast during winter.

Life List: 685

Latest birds:  Hermit Warbler, Sooty Grouse, Pine Grosbeak, Calliope Hummingbird

ABA 2014: 310 species
Virginia 2014: 227
Isle of Wight County 2014: 180 species

My Flickr
eBird
 

Nevada Field Season Report: http://www.whatbird....-season-report/

Costa Rica Trip Report: http://www.whatbird....rt/#entry396425


#11 PoorMatty

PoorMatty

    PoorMatty

  • New Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 7,883 posts
  • LocationNorth Alabama

Posted 09 April 2012 - 07:52 PM

I think it's sometimes easy to somewhat hastily single out yellow lores as a telltale Savannah Sparrow mark and lots of field guides do the same thing, but the fact of the matter is that many sparrows have at least some yellow in the lores (more or less all the Ammodramus and some of the Peucaea) and many Savannahs show little to no yellow. In this case though, when combined with the streaky breast, short tail, and rather dainty bill, the mark is good, as this is a (oddly pale) Savannah Sparrow. Tail shape can occasionally be tricky cause it's a very fluid thing. If the bird flicks its tail open, which this one is doing in both photos, the notch pretty much disappears.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users