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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

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25681757@N00/8428944758

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