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#1 fishman

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:58 PM

Taken a month ago at Montezuma Swamp.Posted Image

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:47 PM

I see a slight crest and a thin bill - how about juvenile Lincoln's Sparrow?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 04:59 PM

I see a slight crest and a thin bill - how about juvenile Lincoln's Sparrow?


Seems like a good guess to me. Pretty young bird so I can't get much of a read on the plumage, but the bill shape does fit a Lincoln's.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:44 PM

Where is Montezuma Swamp? Unless it's right at the north end of NY or New England, I'd have a very hard time calling this a Lincoln's, simply because they should have molted out of this plumage before they started migrating. Maybe juvenile Swamp instead?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:06 PM

Montezuma Swamp is a NWR located in Central NYW about20 miles south of the Lake Ontario border, halfway between Syracuse and Rochester. Glenn

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:12 PM

I suppose it could be a Lincoln's, then. Are they known to nest there? For the most part, if you see sparrows in juvenile (not first-winter) plumage, it's a good sign of nearby nesting.




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