|This one is for you to figure out.
Experienced birders have shared some of their observations online and in some birding literature. For example, using the details around the eyes of both birds to make a distinction has been discussed by some such as David Sibley. Where Chipping Sparrows shows the eye arc above and below broken by a dark line on both front and back. Clay-colored Sparrow, does not show that; hence, what some term the "open face" look. That, is a very useful field mark but what else could one use in the field?
|Clay-colored Sparrow Jones Beach, October 2014
|Same Clay-colored Sparrow as above.
|A different Clay-colored Sparrow. This one photographed in Queens on 11-3-2014.
Share some of your experiences on what you look for when studying a flock of Chipping Sparrows in trying to find that rare Clay-colored Sparrow. Were you successful? What were the ID clinchers?
Tags: Clay-colored Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, New York