Lincoln's Sparrow

Melospiza lincolnii

ML54861241



eBird Checklist S36050300
Sevenmile Creek--Prickly Pear Land Trust (restricted access)
Lewis and Clark, Montana, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 46.6399, -112.0994 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Observation details

All seen along the riparian corridor, flitting around secretively, using shrubby cover, often dense. Not extensively familiar with this species. First impression was of a streaky-breasted sparrow with some resemblance to SOSP, but seemed distinctly different. On this first individual, I specifically noted that the buffy malar really stood out on the face, and that the dark flank streaking was very fine. I subsequently got looks of varying length and quality at 5 more individuals that I was able to positively identify. Characteristics of particular note were a broad gray supercilium; conspicuous white eyering; fine dark streaking on breast and belly, with pale buffy ground color seen distinctly on several birds; and very buzzy, high 'zzeet' call unlike any vocalizations I know of SOSP (heard from 3 individuals). I saw 1 bird near the east end of the stream corridor on the property, utilizing dense branches of dead, fallen shrubs for cover. All other birds were seen above the diversion dam; 2 were together, and all the rest were apparently solitary. All birds I observed made frequent movements from perch to perch in or around dense shrubs, soon flying down into cover and out of sight.

Technical Information

Model
COOLPIX P900
f-stop
f/6.5
Focal length
357 mm
Shutter speed
1/320 sec
ISO
400
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
870KB
Dimensions
3070 x 2304

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