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Paul Neldner, Megan Neldner; Polly Wren Neldner
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
10 to 15 minutes
151 County Road 359
La Veta, CO 81055
Rural backyard. Mixed deciduous, conifer trees..brushy area
Swarovski 8.5 X 42mm and Nikon 8X32 mm binoclulars, 500mm camera lens
Quite good early morning light, overcast day, fresh snow on the ground contributing to good contrast
Description of the Bird
Very large sparrow. Brown spotted head with white chin triangle. Pink Bill, white belly. Small inverted well defined spotted "V" on breast. White wing bars.
Behaviors: Very active. Behavior similar to Spotted Towhee. Actively scratching the ground and dashing back under cover.
Call: none heard
Plumage: First year
Similar Species Discussion
in with Song Sparrow, Spotted Towhees, Dark-eyed Juncos.
Made size comparison easy..so distinctive from Song Sparrow due to 1) Size 2) Pink Bill 3) Bold Markings 4) Bright White belly
Sibley's and Peterson's Guide to Birds
Have had this species in the yard before, around 4 years ago.
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
12/24/2010 10:39:00 AM
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