Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sparrows Galore (14Oct2017)

This morning a trip to the North end of Wrightsville Beach yielded a tons of common gulls and terns but the show was stolen by the returning sharp-tailed sparrows.

Nelson's Sparrow - note the breast and malar are a similar color and richness.  The bib is fairly well defined as well and the streaks are not so dark.

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Nice contrast between malar and bib, nice dark streaks and the bib does not have delineated borders.

Another Nelson's.  One day I will get a Le Conte's in New Hanover.

Still plenty of Common Terns around.

While watching my kids soccer Sam called with a Clay-colored and White-crowned Sparrow combo at the Fort Fisher Ferry terminal.  So after both games and some lunch I headed down.  It didn't take long to find them.

Clay-colored Sparrow - appears to be a juvenile. Still some streaking on breast and crown and nape.

White-crowned Sparrow

Juvenile or female White-crowned.

I also checked the Bell's Vireo spot thoroughly but no luck.

Red-eyed Vireo - some day I will get a Yellow-green Vireo down here.

Great times.

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