Monday, April 24, 2017

Lincoln’s Sparrow

A Lincoln’s Sparrow at the feeders at the River Bend Nature Center on 22 April 2017. Ammon (1995) considers this sparrow to be “among the most elusive of  North American birds.” Its biology is not well known. Not that uncommon a bird, accessing its boggy breeding habitat is difficult. It nests across boreal Canada and the northern United States, and further south through the Rocky Mountains. It winters in the southern US, south into Central America.

Identification is made by noting its thin breast streaking over an ochre wash. Note the gray sides to the head and the bird’s brownish wings.

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