[Tweeters] North Jetty Spizzella looks quite fine for a
Chipping Sparrow to me!
dennispaulson at comcast.net
Fri Oct 15 18:43:33 PDT 2021
I would say the distinctly reddish crown stripes and dark eyeline continued in front of the eye to me points to it being a Chipping Sparrow. In Clay-colored the lores are pale or just slightly darkened, not with the fairly distinct dark line that seems to characterize Chipping.
I agree with Mike that either species would be unusual at that date and locality.
> On Oct 15, 2021, at 5:35 PM, Ryan Justice <blackburnian151 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Looks like a Chipping to me.
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Oct 15, 2021, at 8:28 PM, Mike Patterson <celata at pacifier.com> wrote:
>> As you say, fall Spizellas are difficult and, given that Chipping
>> Sparrow is a resident and Clay-colored is vagrant, it is understandable
>> that one my to default to the more expected species, except that
>> Clay-colored Sparrow is actually less rare than Chipping along the
>> Pacific Coast this time of year...
>> In this case the buffy breast, the strong mustachial mark and
>> the well defined crown stripe and contrast between the very gray
>> nape and the generally buffy tones over say this is a slam dunk
>> Clay-colored Sparrow.
>> Mike Patterson
>> Astoria, OR
>> I don't know...
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