Name that Sparrow

by John Briggs on October 12, 2008

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Weekend Birding

 We hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend. There will not be many more like this before winter sets in. Looking at the long-range forecasts, the first flakes of snow may fall next weekend even along coastal areas.

Sharon and I made a trip to the Green Point WMA in Dresden, Maine this morning. Clear, calm and frosty with a very light fog greeted us as we walked down the trail to the weedy fields looking for fall migrating Sparrows and anything else that may be present.

Above map is scrollable and zoom able

Once the sun burnt off the fog, Sparrows were everywhere. Warblers flitted about and a single Merlin flew across the fields looking for breakfast. A flock of Red-Breasted Mergansers flew over, heading for the Kennebec River, as did Canada Geese.

Our tally from this morning:

Location:     Green Point Farm WMA
Observation date:     10/12/08
Observers:   John & Sharon Briggs
Notes:     Clear / Light Fog. Temp 38 F. with light frost. Winds calm
Number of species:     25

Canada Goose     12
Red-breasted Merganser     5
Merlin     1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     1
Downy Woodpecker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     16
Black-capped Chickadee     5
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Golden-crowned Kinglet     2
American Robin     4
Brown Thrasher     1
Cedar Waxwing     4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)     3
Palm Warbler     1
Eastern Towhee     1
Chipping Sparrow     10
Clay-colored Sparrow     3
Savannah Sparrow     6
Song Sparrow     10
Lincoln’s Sparrow     3
White-throated Sparrow     3
White-crowned Sparrow     2
Dark-eyed Junco     6

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2

I thought we could have a little fun with the pictures that I am posting of the Sparrows that we saw this morning. Each picture is identified 1 through 8. Guess which Sparrow is in each picture and reply by submitting a comment on this article. Remember to reference the number for each guess! Click a thumbnail for a larger view.

 

Sparrow 1 - Green Point WMA - Dresden, Maine. Sparrow 2 - Green Point WMA - Dresden, Maine. Sparrow 3 - Green Point WMA - Dresden, Maine.
Sparrow 4 - Green Point WMA - Dresden, Maine. Sparrow 5 - Green Point WMA - Dresden, Maine. Sparrow 6 - Green Point WMA - Dresden, Maine.
Sparrow 7 - Green Point WMA - Dresden, Maine. Sparrow 8 - Green Point WMA - Dresden, Maine.

Happy birding!

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