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#1 Gripen

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:59 PM

Hi All,

Please see the attached pictures of the same species; I can't distinguish between these 3 sparrows: Song, Savannah or Vesper. Which one do you think it most probably is?

Place taken: Southern British Columbia

Can you also tell how you make that distinction?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:17 AM

Please help with this one too:
Say's Phoebe?
http://postimage.org...rxaak/acfa8bb9/

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 12:19 AM

It's a juvenile sparrow, probably Song (based on probability), though I can't say for sure. I've never seen juvenile Savannahs or Vespers, though I would expect a juvie Savannah to have a shorter tail.
Your second bird is indeed a Say's Phoebe.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 03:02 AM

First bird is a juvie Dark-eyed Junco. Agree with Say's Phoebe for the second.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:31 AM

Gripen,
Where did you see the Say's?

My "best" lifers; Golden Eagle and Crested Mynah.

New birds 2013; Red Flanked Bluetail (Queen's Park, New Westminster Jan 15, 2013), Gyrfalcon (Hastings Park/Viterra building near Second Narrows, Jan 26, 2013), Brambling (Laurel/17th Feb 5th/2013), Red-naped Sapsucker (west side of Fraserview golf course, in lane by 7878 Vivian, Apr 5/2013). Sora (pond at Colony Farm April 8/13). Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Col Farm May 26/13). Lazuli Bunting and WETA May 2013 Col Farm).



New birds 2012; Black throated gray warbler, Cassin's vireo, (Hammond's Flycatcher,Chipping Sparrow were id'd at bird banding station), Vaux Swift, Cliff Swallow, Dowitcher, Merlin, Peregrine, Eastern Kingbird, Spotted Sandpiper, YHBB, Caspian Tern, Purple Martin, Warbling Vireo, Western Tanager.


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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:13 AM

Gripen,
Where did you see the Say's?

@Ceylon, in Kelowna, near UBC-O campus. I have a few pics if interested.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:22 PM

@Gripen, too far to drive for a Say's. I'd love to see your pics.

My "best" lifers; Golden Eagle and Crested Mynah.

New birds 2013; Red Flanked Bluetail (Queen's Park, New Westminster Jan 15, 2013), Gyrfalcon (Hastings Park/Viterra building near Second Narrows, Jan 26, 2013), Brambling (Laurel/17th Feb 5th/2013), Red-naped Sapsucker (west side of Fraserview golf course, in lane by 7878 Vivian, Apr 5/2013). Sora (pond at Colony Farm April 8/13). Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Col Farm May 26/13). Lazuli Bunting and WETA May 2013 Col Farm).



New birds 2012; Black throated gray warbler, Cassin's vireo, (Hammond's Flycatcher,Chipping Sparrow were id'd at bird banding station), Vaux Swift, Cliff Swallow, Dowitcher, Merlin, Peregrine, Eastern Kingbird, Spotted Sandpiper, YHBB, Caspian Tern, Purple Martin, Warbling Vireo, Western Tanager.


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Posted 21 June 2012 - 02:07 AM

@Ceylon, I have uploaded them here: http://www.flickr.co...s/48390083@N02/

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:30 AM

@Gripen, thanks very much. Love the pics, such a pretty area.

My "best" lifers; Golden Eagle and Crested Mynah.

New birds 2013; Red Flanked Bluetail (Queen's Park, New Westminster Jan 15, 2013), Gyrfalcon (Hastings Park/Viterra building near Second Narrows, Jan 26, 2013), Brambling (Laurel/17th Feb 5th/2013), Red-naped Sapsucker (west side of Fraserview golf course, in lane by 7878 Vivian, Apr 5/2013). Sora (pond at Colony Farm April 8/13). Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Col Farm May 26/13). Lazuli Bunting and WETA May 2013 Col Farm).



New birds 2012; Black throated gray warbler, Cassin's vireo, (Hammond's Flycatcher,Chipping Sparrow were id'd at bird banding station), Vaux Swift, Cliff Swallow, Dowitcher, Merlin, Peregrine, Eastern Kingbird, Spotted Sandpiper, YHBB, Caspian Tern, Purple Martin, Warbling Vireo, Western Tanager.






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