The Sparrows of the United States and Canada and be particular interested in plate 43e which is a juvenile Swamp Sparrow where the author refers to the "Face and breast buffy" which would be something I never paid much attention to before today so it was a nifty thing to discover!
It would be around here we'd encounter a large pocket of birds in the same general area Tim had the Dickcissel a couple of weeks back so we'd spend some time pishing around and get quite a few birds including this sparrow above who'd appear to have the potential as a Lincoln's Sparrow at fist glance, especially with the crown feathers fluffed out like that which I've very seldom seen in a Song Sparrow but that's what it is folks. Sometimes this sparrow gets over looked as its a year long resident so it's nice to have a reminder just how pretty they are on occasion.
We'd make our way back to the car but not before going to the area we had the last White-crowned Sparrow and come to a place I'd fall in love with instantly as it reminded me of my favorite places to play as a child which would be the woods with enough space for movement to make it feel like ones own mini fortress. A decent sized line of trees such as the one above would be close to one another but not close enough for get a Saw-whet I'm guessing as there aren't enough- but it was still neat to see and am so going back there to do some playing when I get a chance. Birds found this habitat appealing as well including a few Palm Warblers and one lone Blue Jay who'd come in to see what was going on as we played the Saw-whet call just in case of course!
as the odd heron would land smack dab in the middle of a large sand pit directly across the Blackstone River!
Where it would proceed to walk toward a path that would be away from the river (and all water for that matter) and into a thickly vegetated path of some sort.
I would be disappointed in my overall sparrow numbers as I was really hoping for a White-crowned or Lincoln's but what does one expect when one birds mid day. I did pick up a couple of Swamp Sparrows though which would be a new block bird for me which is always welcome.
And finally I leave with with a couple of links I thought I'd share as I was doing some googling after Rodney's remark yesterday regarding the Savannah Sparrows and came across a couple of links by David Sibley which aren't really related, but interesting just the same.
Sibley's Probability in Bird Identification
Sibley's Identifying Songbirds by Flocking Behavior
Take care all.