I have to say I’ve always been the biggest fan of sparrows. I guess starting doing most of my ‘serious’ birding at Allen’s Meadows might have played a part in that. Although the Neotropical migrants are more brilliant and gaudy there’s something just so beautiful about the intricacies of sparrow markings and coloration.
Last weekend myself and old friends Joe Bear and Brian O’Toole lead the COA Sparrow Workshop down at Allen’s. It was a great day out, but out of all the sparrows we connected with (Clay-colored, multiple Vespers and hordes of White-crowned Sparrows) we missed probably my favorite: Lincoln’s Sparrow. Luckily a few have been sticking around the Audubon here in Greenwich and the other day one was accommodating enough to sit still for a few pictures.
To think people have the temerity to call these ‘little brown jobs’. Time to look closer my friends….