Pouring over the pictures again, I'm inclined to agree with the Song  
Sparrow id.  The lack of "buffiness" and delicate beak are good  
indicators as pointed out by Eric Hynes and Michael Blust.  The  
Lincoln's I saw in Ct. had both features, which were greatly  
highlighted in contrast to several Song Sparrows my brother and I had  
viewed minutes before, helping to make the Lincoln's stand out as  
being different.

Sparrows can be devilish hard to id.


On Jan 30, 2013, at 10:57 AM, Michael Blust wrote:

> 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!
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> Michael H. Blust
> Peace Corps Volunteer, Mexico
> Green Mountain College, VT, USA
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] "Short-tailed Sparrow" images, Grand Isle
> small  under-a-feeder-sparrow -- during the noon hour today, Jan 29
> d j  hoag, grand isle