Posted by Phil Pickering (184.108.40.206) on July 21, 2002 at 21:46:04:
Well, before looking in any book (hi Dave) my first thought was Sprague's Pipit because the bird looks kind of short-tailed for a Savannah Sparrow to me. I checked, and the lack of bright white wingbars rules that out.
After cheating and (briefly) checking a couple books, I think it's probably an ammodramus, likely Baird's (a species I have zero experience with). Hopefully others can support or knock that down better than I can, but clues I'm looking at that may or may not be worth something are -
- the obvious wide, solid unstreaked buff area on the central hind-crown, perhaps the back of the solid buff-ish crown stripe of Baird's that widens at the rear(?)
- the overall very pale, finely dark-streaked look to the crown and nape
- the apparently disconnected wide solid dark post-ocular spot visible on the far rear of the face on the left
- the funky rufous subterminal areas on the tips of the greater coverts
- the (apparently) very solid streaking on the sides of the upper breast (on the right) with little or no streaking visible on the sides and flanks
- the sort of wedge shape (and/or color pattern) to the tertials
The outer rects might look sort of bright white for Baird's, but we've been through that before with photo lighting.
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