Martha - Lincoln's Sparrow is a bit of an enigma in that many birders consider it a rare bird in NY and perhaps New England, because it is very secretive choosing to stay in thick cover; and when viewed, its field marks are rather subtle making it sometimes difficult to identify.
Actually, it is not that rare. As a bird bander in NY, I have caught as many as 36 in one day at a location near Amsterdam, NY on 9/25/07. One of my birds banded at that same location on 10/17/08 was found 5/8/10 on its breeding ground at St. Georges, NF, Canada unfortunately killed by a cat.
From: Martha Pfeiffer <[log in to unmask]>
To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wed, Sep 18, 2013 5:42 pm
Subject: [VTBIRD] question about Lincoln's Sparrow
Does the Lincoln's sparrow mix with Fall Song Sparrows - or is it a solitary
bird? Is it singing in the Fall?
Would appreciate any info anyone can give.