Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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[Mystery bird] Seaside Sparrow, Ammodramus maritimus, photographed at Anahuac Wildlife Refuge, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Joseph Kennedy, 19 May 2009 [larger view].

Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/640s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

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

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  1. #1 John Callender
    September 30, 2009

    I’m calling this a seaside sparrow. I’m going by the “white throat”, “long bill”, “yellow supraloral”, and “distinct streaks” on the back (Sibley).

  2. #2 Ruthie Stearns
    September 30, 2009

    Also you can see the spikes on the tail….Seaside sparrow…

  3. #3 David
    September 30, 2009

    Yep, an easy one I think: short tail, large beak, distinct yellow supraloral, black whisker mark, no wingbars, blurry grey streaks on the underparts, found along the Gulf coast of Texas (Anahuac Wildlife Refuge)… Seaside Sparrow, Ammodramus maritimus, but a juvenile…

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