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Song sparrow? Grey eyebrow, white breast with streaks, and shape of beak made me think so. I've been noticing that song sparrows seem to perch in prominent places, fence posts, tall plants, etc. when they alarm or sing.
Alderleaf Wilderness College said:
Here is a common bird of grasslands, pastures and weedy fields. This one was photographed in a grassy patch of an urban park.
Try your hand at identifying this bird. Take a close look at the colors, patterns and habitat.
I'm off to revisit Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve, this time with a pair of binoculars! Thanks for the tips about field marks for identifying birds.
Hope you had a good time in Bob H. !
The bird above is a Savannah Sparrow, a grassland/pasture species found in western WA mostly in the spring and summer. Song sparrows usually don't travel far from shrubby cover and woodland edge. Open fields make them very nervous.
Actually similar to song sparrow in many ways. Here are the things that are a bit different: straw yellow-tan color over most of its body. Bright yellow mark over the eye brow region. Pale colored beak, and very clean white chest and belly. The streaks on the body are very boldly dark (especially on the chest) vs. brown on the song sparrow. Also, streaks on chest do not coalesce into central blob.
I was bird watching in TX and noticed a duck with a white ring around the bill - definitely seemed like the kind of feature that would distinguish this species. I was able to look it up - a ring-necked duck! Still don't understand why a bird with a ringed billl is called a ring-necked duck (since it doesn't have a ringed neck) but that proved to be the distinguishing feature. I've found that with practice "unique" features jumps out at you better and better and it is almost always useful in identifying the bird.
You are voicing a complaint I have had for a long time with the ring-necked duck. Indeed, the rings on the bill are much more dramatic and visible. Common names can be deceptive, and sometimes, down right confusing! This is why journaling species is an important part of what we teach. When you learn to identify species using key features (field marks) then the world of nature around you becomes a little bit more manageable, and a little bit easier to recognize and distinguish.