|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