• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    Register for an account to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Sparrows - Texas (April 2017) (1 Viewer)

Paul Collins

Well-known member
Hi,

I have various sparrow photos from west Texas (late April). For some reason these ones have me stumped.

Seen in dry desert areas with mesquite.

Field Sparrow? - seen at Caprock Canyons State Park
Field Sparrow ID.jpg

Clay-Coloured Sparrow? - seen at Big Bend National Park
Clay-Coloured Sparrow 1 maybe.jpg

Olive Sparrow? Not sure, the wing details are throwing me as I'd expect more uniform green from Olive.
aa ID sparrow.jpg

Thanks,

Paul
 
Last edited:

birdmeister

Well-known member
United States
Agree with 1 and 2. My first thought on #3 was Grasshopper Sparrow based on the upperpart colors, but I am not getting a Grasshopper head shape at all. I suspect Andy is right with Cassin's Sparrow.
 

Paul Collins

Well-known member
Thanks both. That Cassin's Sparrow is quite confusing - I also got the Grasshopper vibe from the wings but not from the head.

This is a Cassin's that I photographed, I think in the same area, but it looks quite different.

Cassin's Sparrow 1.jpg
 

Kratter

Well-known member
Classic Peucaea shape: flat head, very long tail. Some of these species (e.g., Cassin's) also show a little yellow in the bend of the wing, like a Grasshopper Sparrow. You can see that the tail feathers have some white tips; they look to be molting.

Andy
 

Larry Sweetland

Formerly 'Larry Wheatland'
Classic Peucaea shape: flat head, very long tail. Some of these species (e.g., Cassin's) also show a little yellow in the bend of the wing, like a Grasshopper Sparrow. You can see that the tail feathers have some white tips; they look to be molting.

Andy

Which bird are you talking about? I'm still not convinced that the last image the OP posted (in post 4) isn't a Chipping. Or is the chestnut crown a trick of the light?
 
Last edited:

Users who are viewing this thread

Top