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Actually it should be "sparrows, relatives, and unrelated things that might be considered sparrowish." Generally LBJ's - little brown jobs - but not all are little. Though many are variations of browns, blacks, rufous and buff. Somewhat confusing at first, a myriad of beautiful intricate patterns especially on their heads, become evident with close inspection. Like warblers, each occupies a slightly different niche, and exploits it differently. Though in winter when our local diversity is at peak, several types may be found in a flock together.

Olive Sparrow

Olive Sparrow is an outlier with green tones
in wing and tail, a south Texas specialty at
at the northern limit of its range here.

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow - note thin white eye-ring

Chipping Sparrows

Chipping Sparrows, mostly first winter immatures

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow in alternate (breeding) plumage

Clay-colored Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow - common here, often
mistaken for the rarer here Song Sparrow.
Note buff wash on sides and breast.

Cassin's Sparrow

Cassin's Sparrow has a fancy flight song,
skylarking, where there is scattered brush
amongst lots of taller grasses.

Cassin's Sparrow

Cassin's Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow, clearly with legs made
for holding two seperate grass stems.

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow - a winter visitor, note
white sides to tail and eye-ring for ID.

Lark Sparrow

Lark Sparrow is widespread, and a beauty
Note white corners to tail in flight.

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Rufous-crowned Sparrow nests on rocky slopes,
and has a rufous crown you can't see here.

Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Of course Towhees (below) aren't sparrows, but are very like "giant" sparrows.

Spotted Towhee

Spotted Towhee

Canyon Towhee

Canyon Towhee

Not a sparrow, but often with them in winter ...

Lark Bunting

Lark Bunting (Look at the size of that bill!)

Lark Bunting

Lark Bunting, female or immature
Note the big white patch on the wing

Slate-colored Junco

Slate-colored Junco is a winter visitor
with white outer tail feathers.

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak, female - note bill size

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