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Arizona birds ID request (1 Viewer)


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Attached are some photos from an Arizona trip in late May / early June this year. My first trip to the USA, so I was not 100% sure about some sparrows, vireos and flycatchers.

Here is a first batch:

Photo 1: taken at Florida Wash near Madera Canyon
Looks like a Botteri’s Sparrow to me. Correct?

Photos 2: grassland/prairie on Highway 61 two hours west/southwest of Sierra Vista, only a few miles north of the Mexican border
Savannah Sparrow?

Photo 3: bottom of Madera Canyon/Proctor Road
One of the vireos. The sun makes it look greener than it appeared in my binoculars, but still olive greyish appearance overall.

Photo 4: Sonoita Creek Reserve
Song Sparrow?




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Thanks !

Instead of Savannah Sparrow I also thought of Grasshopper Sparrow, but not sure which species is more likely.

On all photos I made there appear to be yellow spots/streaks on the wing (I don't think it is an artefact/light issue), which Savannah Sparrow does not appear to have so maybe Grasshopper Sparrow is a better match.

Lisa W

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May and June are good months for Grasshopper Sparrow in the grasslands of Southern Arizona. I’ve seen them between Sierra Vista and Sonoita a number of times.

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