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Sparrow - Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, NJ, 8/19/2020 (1 Viewer)

ScottSobel

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Any help with the ID of this sparrow would be appreciated. Some features seem to fit Savannah Sparrow. Others seem to fit Henslow's. Henslow's is listed on the official Great Swamp list as "extirpated". But, Sibley's lists them as still being in the state of New Jersey.

Perhaps it's neither of these two. I'm a bit lost.

Thanks in advance,
Scott
 

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birdmeister

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Juvenile Song Sparrow, with that central spot and strong dark malaria wedge (giving a "moustached" appearance). It's too long-tailed for Savannah as well.
 

ScottSobel

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Yes, the juveniles appear more rich reddish-brown with more of a buffy/yellow cast to the normally gray and white areas.

Thanks a lot! I had no idea. I guess I've either never seen a juvenile or have always heard them calling and didn't need to look that carefully to get an ID.
 

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