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Mixed flock in weedy ditch and mesquites


This Spizella sparrow struck me as odd when I was out birding at my college today. I has many characteristics that make it a likely candidate for Clay-colored Sparrow. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions that you may have!

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Desmond.E.S.O 5 years ago

After further research this one seems to look more like a brewers. Facial markings can be very similar, but the color matches more so than a clay-colored. a Clay-colored would be quite rare at this time of year, near you. But if any further characteristics prove it's a clay-colored then it might be. But this bird just doesn't seem have the right color, or belly markings.

Desmond.E.S.O 5 years ago

I do recall clay-colored sparrows looking this... although iv'e never seen one! but in Pederson feild guide it looks more orangy brown. than this unique clay/grey color. Facial marks do seem to resemble a clay-colored. I'll check my other books.

AshleyT 5 years ago

I agree with clay-colored, love those little guys!

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Spotted on Dec 17, 2015
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