Swamp SparrowOctober 2006

Swamp sparrows are somewhat small (as far as sparrows go) and generally on the move. I was particularly lucky earlier this month when one paused on some bare branches and posed from every angle.
Swamp sparrow
The swamp sparrow has a restrained color pattern: yes, stripes, but not particularly light or dark. Subtle.
Swamp sparrow
  Although the swamp sparrow doesn't have wing bars, its wings are decidely reddish.
Swamp sparrow
  When you get right down to it, it took me a long while trying to identify this sparrow, and then my identification was confirmed by the helpful people on the State College birders list. (I'd be lost without them.)

Photo note: I used a Pentax *ist D, with the SMC 1000mm reflex lens for these photo, taken early in October 2006.

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