These exercises on Little Brown Jobs (LBJs) is more for my benefit than as a quiz or test for readers (though I hope a few people will be bold and do the IDs). As I come to the ID posts and give some field marks and GISS (general impression size shape) for the IDs, I am trying to write what I “know” or sense. I am already finding it a difficult task.
My apologies for the northeastern North American bias, but that is where I live and these are the LBJs I see most often. For readers in other parts of the world, I hope you find some amusement of some sort.
From Monday, Dec 6
#1 - Song Sparrow - the default sparrow - in the east, this is a dull brown and gray sparrow with a heavily streaked breast which merges to a breast spot or stick pin. But it is not necessary to see the spot. The lateral throat stripes, the brown and gray stripes and pattern on the head, and the behavior - a poor, jumpy and usually short flight - betray its identity. Not much of a looker, but I have to like a bird that will hang around all year and will sing as soon as the winter sun appears and the temperature ticks up a degree or two.
From Wednesday, Dec 8
I hope to post additional photos on Monday and Wednesday, with ID on Friday, unless other birding intrudes along the way.