Lincoln SparrowMarch 2010

Lincoln's sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) looks like it should have been called something other than a sparow.

With its touches of red and yellow, a Lincoln's sparrow is downright striking.

Lincoln sparrow
  Lincoln's sparrow is also somewhat rare around here. News of any sighting quickly spreads among the local State College birders.
Field sparrow
I've only seen (and photographed) a Lincoln's sparrow the once. But I'm always hoping for another chance for better photographs.

If Wikipedia can be believed, the sparrow was named after Tom, not Abraham, Lincoln.

Photo note: I used the Pentax *ist D, with the SMC 1000mm reflex lens, on September 20, 2007, for both photos.

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