[Tweeters] Mystery Solved: Immature Chipping Sparrow at Montlake Fill?--is a White-Crowned Sparrow

Abby Larson larson8 at uw.edu
Mon Jul 7 15:22:37 PDT 2014

Hi Tweeters,

Thanks to everyone who helped me with this confounding ID, that young brown
bird at Montlake Fill was most likely a white-crowned sparrow, not a
chippie! Ahhh, mystery solved. Though somewhat disappointingly. :)

Abby Larson

On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM, Abby Larson <larson8 at uw.edu> wrote:

> Hi all,


> I ran into a sparrow that didn't fit into the usual boxes on the trail at

> Montlake Fill this morning, a very long-tailed, skinny, tall,

> immature-looking LBJ with a sharply peaked head, streaked breast, strong

> eyeline that widened at the back of the head, sharply conical yellowish

> bill, maybe an immature chipping sparrow? It had a spizella look about the

> back and wings. I don't see them a lot, I'd appreciate some second

> opinions. Lousy pics from my cell available here:

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/125980884@N07/


> It hopped on the trail, and flushed into nearby low bushes, always coming

> back to the trail.


> Thanks,

> Abby Larson

> Seattle


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