My achievement this morning was pissing this heron off

Annoyed this bird in the morning.

(This would be some kind of... sparrow? How do I tell what kind? There are about thirty different kinds of sparrow found around here and to someone uninitiated like me this is quite bewildering a variety of sparrows!)

@sajith I took a wild guess that you are in the Great Lakes area. So that eliminated sparrows from elsewhere in the country. The habitat is a field or meadow (but not a grassland), and that made Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, and Field Sparrow probable. The bird has a clear face, no marking. That immediately made me lean toward Field Sparrow, and it's the juveniles that have the really 'blank' face. I'd have to see more photos to make sure, but that's my best guess right now.

@BobTarte @sajith this was an excellent explanation of your method, thank you for sharing!


@knippy @sajith Nice hearing from you! The main place to start is a general sense of which sparrows are in your area right now. Some sparrows only come through during migration. That eliminates many field guide choices. You can use to find out what sparrows people are seeing in your area right now no matter where you live.

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