Two I need help with
Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:03 AM
1> I think maybe this one is just from the wrong angle for me to be able to tell?
But then again, I do not see any yellow on the throat, so maybe I am wrong, or possibly it is a juvenile? Taken in late May 2009
2>I think I probably have renamed this one two or three times now.
White-edged notched tail. I do not see an obvious eye-ring, but a lot of grayish/tannish-white on the face, has a malar stripe, brown, gray, and white cheek patches, and no rust-brown or rufuous shoulder patch, but odd looking white shoulder patch (odd, if it is what I had settled on last)? Shortish tail? Pinkish legs and grayish beak.
early July 2012
I had a couple more here somewhere, but cannot find where I put them right now. Will have to post them later, I guess.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 03:16 AM
I'm sure someone will be along to help you figure out which sparrows you have.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:07 AM
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:22 AM
I'd say the second bird is a Lark Bunting.
That is funny. I drove up there specifically to find a Lark Bunting that day, to get a better picture, because all of mine are either fuzzy, blurry, or the bird itself looked like they had all been through a battle. I thought I had not seen any that day, but that bird was in the exact area I expected them to be in. I have never identified a female or juvenile Lark Bunting yet. I think you nailed it on the head! Thanks. Now...would this one be female, or juv?
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:55 AM
I think the first one is a red winged blackbird.
Your right, I think. It does look a lot like one, now that you said it.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:02 PM
Agree with Lark Bunting
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:00 PM
Now I just need to decide if the bird from my post is Female, or Juvenile. I rather think female, but am not too sure on it.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:45 PM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:00 PM
I actually think yours is a hatch-year male, since there's some definite black markings above. What seems odd is that it appears to be molting the secondary coverts (where the white patch is) and from what I can find, that's one part of the plumage that typically doesn't molt in the 1st basic molt.
Could the leg color help to distinguish? Since it says the adult male has black legs, and from all pics I have seen so far, the female has pink legs? At what age does the immature/juv male leg color change? Or does it go back and forth between pink and black for winter/summer? I haven't found that information anywhere yet.
Edit: I am now very confused. whatbird says that the Lark Bunting leg color is black. In looking through my own pictures, most of the birds that are clear enough to actually see the leg color, almost half are a nice bright pink.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:00 PM
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