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SPARROWS



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
amognst 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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