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Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow
Photo Information
Copyright: Bill Houghton (poppygan59) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 344] (2516)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark 111, Canon EF300mm 4/L IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-01 10:40
Viewed: 2308
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Field Sparrow-In migration and winter, the field sparrow forms small pure flocks (5–50 birds); it may also mix with other sparrows. It usually gives its flight call when flushed, typically employing a bounding flight to fly up ahead and drop back in the grass or fly into a hedgerow. Flocks will often gather in the same tree or bush to investigate a disturbance. Polytypic. Length 5.6" (14 cm).

Identification Entirely pink bill is distinctive. Gray face with reddish crown, distinct white eye ring, and indistinct reddish eye line. Back is streaked except on gray-brown rump. Rich buffy-orange unstreaked breast and sides; grayish white belly; pink legs. Juvenile: streaked below; buffy wing bars.

Geographic Variation Two subspecies show well-marked variation in measurements and overall coloration. The nominate breeds roughly east from the eastern Dakotas and eastern Texas; arenacea breeds to the west. The longer-tailed arenacea is larger, paler, and grayer; pusilla is especially rufous on the auriculars, buffier below, and richer above.

Similar Species The American tree is most similar but has a 2-toned bill and a black central breast spot. The breeding-plumaged chipping shares the rufous cap but has a dark eye line, is plain gray below without buff on the breast or flanks, has a dark bill, and lacks the bold eye ring. See also the Worthen’s.

Voice Call: a high, sharp chip, similar to the call of the orange-crowned warbler. Flight note: high, loud tseees. Song: a series of clear, plaintive whistles accelerating into a trill.

Status and Distribution Fairly common. Winters south to extreme northeast Mexico. Migration: spring mid-March–­early May, peaking mid-April; fall early September–late October. Rare migrant in east Colorado and Maritimes. Breeding: open, brushy woodlands, power-line cuts, overgrown fields. Winter: prefers open fields with tall grass, often near hedge­rows. Va­grant: casual to Newfoundland. Casual to accidental west of mapped range as far as California.

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Hello Bill,
A beautiful composition captured with nice colours and excellent light. The details, sharpness, POV and clear BG are wonderful. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-01 12:00]

Hello Bill.
Very beautiful picture of this Field Sparrow with great pose and composition sharp details and nice colours.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Bill,
a very beautiful capture of this Sparrow, very good sharpness, marvellous natural colours, excellent point of view, very nice composition with a lovely pose of this beautiful bird
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-01 13:52]

Hello Bill,
Great photo in excellent sharpness, details and splendid colours. Very beautiful blurred background. Fantastic pose with eye contact. Perfect composition.

Love looking at the bark of the tree too!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-01 16:11]

Hello Bill
this shot is fabulous. The sharpness of this little bird is amazing. This is what i belief, simplicity render the message clearly.
Very pretty and very well composed.


Hi Bill,
nice portrait of this little sparrow in a cute pose. Nice colours. perhaps a little bit too much cropped or ovesharpend to my oppinion. TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-02-01 22:45]

Hi Bill.
What a lovely colour palette of the cute picture. I also am impressed with simple and at the same time nice subject, excellent details of the bird and twig, attractive pose of the main character. My kind regards and TFS.

Hello Bill,
Excellent photo presentation of this Field Sparrow, TFS!
Regards, Joska

Great photo Bill! Beautiful bird in a great pose, excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

Ciao Bill, lovely sparrow in nice pose on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-02-02 13:13]

Splendid image, Bill!
Great sharpness and perfect light; wonderful colours and very nice background; excellent POV and beautiful eye contact. High quality!

A superb photo. Excellent detail, background and colours. Nicely poised and perfectly focused.
A fine photo.
regards yiannis

Ciao Bill. Great shot. Focus and sharp are impressive. Amazing BG.


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