Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Savannah Sparrow, Passerculus sandwichensis, photographed in Snohomish County, Washington State. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]

Image: Marv Breece, 19 April 2007 [larger view].

Canon EOS 350D 1/2000s f/6.3 at 270.0mm iso400.

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 JPS
    December 31, 2008

    My first impression is savannah sparrow because of the streaked breast and the yellow stripe above the eye, but I’m not too familiar with the sparrows in Washington state.

  2. #2 John Callender
    December 31, 2008

    I’m going to say Savannah Sparrow, based on the “yellowish supraloral”, “whitish median crown-stripe”, “fine streaks”, and “white belly” (Sibley).

  3. #3 Brent
    December 31, 2008

    Savannah sparrow for the yellow eyebrow, streaked breast, and pink legs. I had to check the date of the photo; it wouldn’t be around in Washington this time of year.

  4. #4 Tabor
    December 31, 2008

    Happy 2009 dear grrrl. May it bring you much happiness.

  5. #5 The Ridger
    January 1, 2009

    Yes, savannah sparrow – yellow stripe on head, pink legs, and the way the chest is spotted

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