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#1 jluedtke

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:50 PM

Saw this sparrow in a field near my house last week in Milwaukee, WI. Can't tell if its a Song or a Lincoln Sparrow. Any thoughts?

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:12 PM

Looks like coarse streaking on a white background, not fine streaking on a buffy background, so I'll say Song Sparrow.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:22 PM

i agree song
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:38 PM

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:40 PM

thank you all!

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:36 PM

I saw this thread and thought it was mine for a moment. I've done so many Lincoln's vs. Song lately. I think I'm finding its like many other types of birds, for example, a Hairy Woodpecker vs Downy Woodpecker. If you see a Downy, you often can convince yourself its a Hairy. When you see a Hairy there is no doubt about it. Every Lincoln's I posted for confirmation was actually a Song Sparrow. On the two birds I said "OMG, that looks so totally different", one was a Lincoln's and one was a Swamp.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 02:37 AM

One big thing for me on Lincoln's vs. Song is the head stripes are a different color than the breast streaks on a Lincoln's. Lincoln's head stripes are quite reddish brown (with tiny black stippling inside), while the breast streaks are blackish. On a Song, though Song Sparrow coloration is quite variable, whatever color the head stripes are, the breast streaking will be very close to the same.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 06:41 AM

One big thing for me on Lincoln's vs. Song is the head stripes are a different color than the breast streaks on a Lincoln's. Lincoln's head stripes are quite reddish brown (with tiny black stippling inside), while the breast streaks are blackish. On a Song, though Song Sparrow coloration is quite variable, whatever color the head stripes are, the breast streaking will be very close to the same.


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