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I agree with Michael's assessment, but it sure is a pretty bird, and  
great photos!

Scott


Quoting Michael Blust <[log in to unmask]>:

> I see Lincoln's sparrows fairly regularly this time of year - but  
> I'm down in Mexico!  However, given my recently vast experience with  
> Lincoln's sparrows (much more than in Vermont), I have to differ and  
> suggest that Dave's sparrow is a song sparrow.  The heavy moustach  
> marks, bolder chest streaking, and lack of warmer background  
> coloration on the chest and face regions lead me to that conclusion.
>
> In general, I have found it interesting the number of "northeast  
> kingdom" species that overwinter here, while I don't see many of the  
> other Vt summertime residents.  Orange-crowned warblers and Wilson's  
> warblers are two of the most common warblers here in the  
> high-plateau region of Mexico (State of Hidalgo).  It is interesting  
> to see them mix with Vermillion flycatchers in my yard!
>
> ------------------------
> Michael H. Blust
> Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
> Green Mountain College, VT, USA
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> From: Vermont Birds [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of David Hoag  
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> Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 8:52 PM
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] "Short-tailed Sparrow" images, Grand Isle
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> http://www.flickr.com/photos/25681757@N00/8428944758
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> http://www.flickr.com/photos/25681757@N00/8428908028
>
> small  under-a-feeder-sparrow -- during the noon hour today, Jan 29
>
> d j  hoag, grand isle