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Clay-colored Sparrow

Spizella pallida

ML34824501


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Stephen Fettig
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eBird Checklist S31531919
CA Sacramento, Michigan Bar Road, south of river
Sacramento, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 38.4924, -121.0479 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
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Comments

The second photo is offered to show another view of the white median crown strip, and the strong lateral throat stripe.

Observation details

This Spizella sparrow got my attention because it was smaller than the many Savannah Sparrows (SAVS) and Lark Sparrows on the fence line. This sparrow showed a "clean" unspotted breast; the pale lores eliminate Chipping Sparrow (CHSP); distinct white median crown striped in several photos (not all shown here) suggests the bird is not a Brewer's Sparrow (BRSP); very little white around the eye and a strong lateral throat stripes point to CCSP. Compare with the BRSP photos (by Chris Conard and Dan Kopp) from nearly the same location six days earlier which clearly show the lack of a white median crown stripe and considerable white around the eye: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31432262

Technical Information

Original file size
270KB
Dimensions
864 x 576

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