Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lincoln's Sparrow

Another handsome and under appreciated (by me) little brown bird, the Lincoln's Sparrow is a trim and finely colored emberizid found in or around the underbrush. They essentially encircle the U.S. in their range, although they don't move very far inland and are pretty inconspicuous, so I was glad to find them while actually pursuing a Marsh Wren.
Their streaked sides set them apart from most other Sparrows, while the white chin, ruddy head and off-shade cheek outline confirm the species. This particular Sparrow was a very gracious consolation after my failed attempts to photograph the illusive Marsh Wren, although it seemed to be missing its tail feathers...

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