A Little Help Here?

When I was taking pictures to post for “Splash Week”, this lovely sparrow showed up to enjoy a leisurely bath.

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It is not one of the sparrows that I commonly see in my backyard.  At first I thought it was a Song Sparrow, but it lacks the prominent chest spot.  My best guess (after scouring the field guides) is that it is a Lincoln’s Sparrow that decided to take advantage of a safe place to bathe during migration.

Here are a couple more photos…can anyone help with the id?

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I just love his markings.  I wish I could convince him to stay!

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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11 Responses to A Little Help Here?

  1. MattGeorge says:

    Fantastic bird shot! Did you have to wait awhile to capture this photo?

  2. kathydoremus says:

    Thanks Matt. In the words of Ansel Adams, “Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have somone click the shutter.” I feel that way a lot!

  3. avian101 says:

    This bird looks very much like the Bachman’s Sparrow. I could be wrong. Nice shots! 🙂

  4. Hi Kathy,
    Your bird photos are really good! Nice picture of a little sparrow of some sort. I looked in my bird book but wasn’t able to pin your bird down to my satisfaction. I’m not sure what kind of sparrow it is? Many times the bird in the picture doesn’t look like the bird in the book. Their appearance will change depending on the time of the year, the light, and sometimes the geographic area. I thought your little bird could be a “Song Sparrow”, a Stripped Sparrow” , or maybe a Bachman’s Sparrow as someone suggested. But I really don’t know? If I come up with a better answer I will let you know. Great photos of a cute bird.
    Alan

  5. Hi Kathy,
    I believe your Sparrow is a LINCOLN’S SPARROW, Melospiza lincolnii. Hope this helps.
    Couple of web sites with photos:

    http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/detail.asp?recNum=BD0309

    http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/545/overview/Lincolns_Sparrow.aspx

    • kathydoremus says:

      I believe you are correct! I wish I could convince hime to stay all winter.

      • I can see why you would like for him to stay, he is so cute! Don’t remember seeing one in my area? I may need your help with the different Warblers. A few of these females are getting me confused! Is it a Palm Warbler, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, or another kind of Warbler?

        Alan

  6. aussiebirder says:

    Love the pics, this little fella has very good camouflage with its mottled coat, I imagine would be difficult to see in a tree, but you have a great shot here.

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