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Old Wednesday 16th July 2008, 01:24   #1
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Sparrow ID - Central Ohio, U.S.

I saw this bird in a bush in a large field west of Columbus, Ohio. When I shot it I assumed it was a Field Sparrow because there were a number around, but the markings aren't quite right. Is this a juvenile? Or something else?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Hi Pat,

Looks good for juvenile Field Sparrow to me. Compare this photo: http://www.pbase.com/hemlepp/image/81125294

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Old Wednesday 16th July 2008, 01:36   #3
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Jim:

Thanks for the quick response. Funny that you compared it to another one of my images. I looked at a couple of images of juvenile Field Sparrows (both my images and images I found elsewhere), but still wasn't sure.

Just wanted to be sure I had an accurate ID before posting it to my online gallery.

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Agree with Jim.
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Jim:

Thanks for the quick response. Funny that you compared it to another one of my images. I looked at a couple of images of juvenile Field Sparrows (both my images and images I found elsewhere), but still wasn't sure.

Just wanted to be sure I had an accurate ID before posting it to my online gallery.

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Oops. Did not notice that; however, it's the only one I could find on Google. Moreoever, it does look good for a juvenile Field Sparrow, e.g. due to the orange bill and legs plus the bold eye-ring. Most juvenile sparrows have breast streaking even when the adults do not. Also, my sparrow book indicates that juvenile Field Sparrows will lack the orange head coloration of the adults.

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[EDIT: Also, it seems pretty clear that the bird is a juvenile. Some of the juvenile "gape" appears to remain, and the proportions are definitely off for an adult, e.g. note the big-eyed and big-billed appearance].
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Old Wednesday 16th July 2008, 11:19   #6
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I agree with juvenile Field Sparrow.
Here are a couple of photos I was able to find of a juvenile Field Sparrow for comparison:
http://www.pbase.com/image/82631372
http://www.pbase.com/kaboommals/image/82631375

BTW, very nice picture!
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