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Have this odd sparrow can't quite seem to nail an ID on.  Doesn't look right for either a Lincoln or Savanna.

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The prominent wing bars pretty much rule out Lincoln's and Savannah.  There is also the issue of the almost complete lack of any central crown stripe.

This bird was in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in CA.  It was found in a habitat that can be considered an open field. 

There was a small group of trees about 1000-1500 feet away.   There was a Savannah sparrow in the same area which is expected for that type of habitat.  Savannah's and Song sparrows are the only sparrows I expect to see in that particular spot at this time of year, however Vesper and Grasshopper sparrows can also occur during migration.  This area is probably at the point in the season when we start seeing early migrants for sparrows.

The closest I have been able to fit this bird to a species is a Baird's sparrow, but there are features that just don't quite fit that species either.  Vesper and Grasshopper are also candidates, but again certain features don't quite line up.

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This looks like a juvenile Brewer's Sparrow. Juvenile Chipping look similar, but the eye-line would reach the eye. Juvenile Clay-colored would be a possibility, but not in California.

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Thanks psweet.  We do get clay-colored in CA, certainly not a common bird but it does make it out here.  It has been suggested by another experienced birder this may be a clay-colored.

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If this bird were a bit older, I'd say Clay-colored was a possibility. At this age, though, he hasn't been out of the nest long enough to have reached you.

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A very good and valid point.  I don't know if there have been any reports of clay-colored breeding in this area.  It has also been suggested this may be a hybrid.

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Interesting bird!! I rode out to Yolo Bypass NWR yesterday, but didn't see this bird, or any Sparrows! Saw a couple of Northern Harriers, Red-tailed, Herons and Egrets, RW Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Overall, birds were very scarce. I usually see tons of Savannah Sparrows and Horned Larks, but I guess they took the day off yesterday!

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This bird is an easy 1.5 mile walk (one way) from the closest parking spot.  The Savannah's haven't come into the area yet, only the over summer Savannah's can be found there right now.  I'm just starting to see some migrant sparrows this week, but very few.  The Savannah's are usually the first ones to show up in numbers, which I expect to happen sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.

Sparrows you can see in quantity there right now are the house and song sparrows.  The Spotted Towhee's are also reliably there, but are mostly in areas where the public cannot go or will not go due to having to walk a good distance through a mess of sunflowers and weeds that can get to 8 feet high. 

There were only about 10 Savannah's that stuck around for the summer, at least that I have been able to find.

Horned larks are mostly out around the shorebird fields right now, east of rice point.

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