Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Grasshopper Sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum, 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 1/90s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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

Review all mystery birds to date.


  1. #1 The Ridger
    February 28, 2009

    Is that a clay-colored sparrow? The white breast and something in the stripes on the face suggest that, but I haven’t seen one in person.

  2. #2 pk1154
    March 1, 2009

    I want to say that this is a grasshopper sparrow, though photographed at an angle that obscures the more classic head profile as a field mark.

    It does have a pale medial crown stripe. It doesn’t have a throat stripe. And are those the barest hints of rufous at the shoulders?

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