Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Le Conte’s Sparrow, Ammodramus leconteii, photographed in Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow]

Image: Joseph Kennedy, 6 December 2008 [larger view].

Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/250s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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

Review all mystery birds to date.

Comments

  1. #1 Terry Sohl
    January 29, 2009

    I believe it’s a Leconte’s Sparrow, one of my favorites! Colorful little sparrows with the orangish hue on the face and orange-buffy wash elsewhere, with a strong crown stripe. Similar to Nelson’s Sharp-tailed, except that species lacks the purplish fine streaking on the gray nape, and has a gray crown stripe as opposed to the white crown stripe of a LeConte’s.

  2. #2 John Callender
    January 29, 2009

    After checking the field guide, I agree: Le Conte’s Sparrow.

    I’ve never been much of a sparrow fan, but I find them growing on me.

  3. #3 Michael
    January 29, 2009

    Yes, this is a LeConte’s Sparrow for the reasons Terry Sohl provided.

    This one was pretty easy. How about another feather quiz?

  4. #4 "GrrlScientist"
    January 29, 2009

    i’m working on it michael. if you or any of your friends have “weird” bird images that are in focus and relatively large, such as yesterday’s feather scan, that you’d like to share, please do contact me!

  5. #5 Michael
    January 29, 2009

    Okay, how about this one?

    [GrrlScientist likes this image and edited the link so it remains a surprise for all of you!]

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