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#1 David Case

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:25 PM

I am still going through my images looking for unidentified or misidentified birds. I had these pegged as Marsh Wrens but I now think all four are Song Sparrows. Am I on the right track?

1 - 2010.07.15_010_(Fern_Ridge_Wildlife_Area) - Song Sparrow
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2 - 2010.09.24_003_(Fern_Ridge_Wildlife_Area) - Song Sparrow
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3 - 2011.01.10_012_(Delta_Ponds) - Song Sparrow
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4 - 2011.04.03_020_(Alton_Baker_Park) - Song Sparrow
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#2 TheBillyPilgrim

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:28 PM

2-4 are definitely Songs. Pretty sure 1 is also a juvenile Song.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 09:28 PM

All on the west coast? I agree with Song Sparrow, Pacific form. Marsh Wrens are paler with fewer streaks, longer bills, and upright tails. Very lively birds as well - and hard to see! They like to flit about in the low coverage of reeds.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:10 PM

All on the west coast? I agree with Song Sparrow, Pacific form. Marsh Wrens are paler with fewer streaks, longer bills, and upright tails. Very lively birds as well - and hard to see! They like to flit about in the low coverage of reeds.


Liam, yes all are on the West Coast in my hometown, Eugene, Oregon. The short bill was the main thing that led me away from Marsh Wren for these birds.

2-4 are definitely Songs. Pretty sure 1 is also a juvenile Song.

Do you have a take on 3?

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:30 PM

They all look like Song Sparrows to me!

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 10:37 PM

Do you have a take on 3?

I think Mr. Pilgrim meant "2 through 4" :)
Agree that they are all Songs.

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:01 PM

I think Mr. Pilgrim meant "2 through 4" :)
Agree that they are all Songs.


2-4 does imply 2 through 4, doesn't it? I obviously was not reading carefully enough. :) The consensus then is Song Sparrows. Thanks again to all!

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:43 PM

2-4 does imply 2 through 4, doesn't it? I obviously was not reading carefully enough. :) The consensus then is Song Sparrows. Thanks again to all!


Yes, 2-4 meant two through four! I wasn't referring to Picture -2 ;)

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