[TN-Bird] Clay-colored sparrow?

  • From: oeserscave@xxxxxxx
  • To: tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 09:22:37 -0500

Sunday morning while looking out the back window of my home, I noticed a small, 
overall tan sparrow hanging out with the Field Sparrows.  It even flew up to 
the window feeder and sat there about a minute.  I got good looks at it, noting 
the colors, head, face pattern, chest, feet, wings, etc.  I DID NOT look at the 
rump, which is apparently a key difference between Clay-Colored Sparrow and 
immature Chipping Sparrow.  I afterwards looked at 3 different bird books, and 
2 had me thinking Clay-Colored, which was my first impression, but the third 
showed some very similar immature Chipping Sparrows.  I had not noted the rump, 
so had my wife watch for it yesterday, and take pictures if she saw it.  She 
saw one small sparrow with a brown rump, but the photos were very blurry, so no 
I had noted black mustaches on each side of the throat, which was whitish 
fading to buffy.   Are these indicative at all?  Hopefully it will stick 
around, as the Field Sparrows hang around the fields behind our house all 
Ken Oeser
Hendersonville, TN
Sumner county

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