Re: Hayward Shoreline (10/4) - Sparrow ID Help Needed
I don’t usually know what I am talking about but this looks like a Vesper Sparrow to me. The field mark that catches my eye besides the facial pattern is what looks like white outer tail feathers, which differentiates it from a Savannah Sparrow.
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This (10/4) afternoon, I joined a group of people from Ohlone Audubon Society looking for Chestnut-collared and Lapland Longspur that Bob Richmond saw earlier in the morning at Mt Trashmore. We scanned almost the entire area and did not find either species.
I saw and photographed a sparrow on the east side of the trail between canals which I could not identify. Here is the shot of the bird:
The structure of the bird is similar to Savannah. It has faint extended eyebrow, dark eye stripe, pale lores, white eyering, dark malar stripe, buffy sub-moustachial strip, lightly streaked nap, white wingbars (not shown on the image), black/rusty primaries with white edges and dark tail feather with buffy edges. The leg is flesh color.
Other species we saw at Mt Trashmore include:
American Pipit (8)
Savannah Sparrow (several) - including a very cooperative and beautiful individual bird with bright eyebrow and fairly large bill which I don't think it's the rostratus sub-species ("Large-billed Sparrow") because of the yellow eyebrow and overall colors (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/10094221774/).
Western Meadowlark (4)
Say's Phoebe (1)
peeps (several) - flying towards the Bay.