Grasshopper Sparrow, the first of 2 that were caught (I held the 2nd one).
One of the distinguishing characteristics for ID-ing this bird by sight is its clear breast. The shape of the head is also a bit unique, as it's kind of flattened out on top (best seen in the top photo), like someone laid a big book on top of his head.
These birds surely had to put up with a lot of cameras. On the left is Jim McCormac, and on the right is Jean's husband. In the sunglasses is the gentleman who did all the bird catching.
The Field Sparrow was our next bird in the hand. We had several descriptions going around for his song: ball bearing, bouncing penny, bouncing ping-pong ball, and a fourth I can't remember.
Unfortunately I didn't get very many pictures of this little cutie (the only sparrow with an entirely pink bill).
Our final bird in the hand was the Savannah Sparrow (lifer).
Here you can see the streaking on the breast, as opposed to the clear breast of the Grasshopper Sparrow.
Like I said, lots of cameras on these little birds. They were amazingly calm given that we invaded their space so badly.
This Savannah Sparrow had been previously banded.
So very handsome.
I love this shot for the sharp focus on the face. That yellow eyebrow stripe is another good identifying field mark.
We got some great looks at a Henslow's Sparrow (lifer) on Sunday morning, but only by scope, so I wasn't able to get any photos of him. He was sitting on top of some Teasel, singing his little heart out. Watching him sing was something else, because the Henslow's really throws his head back to sing, but the song is really short, so he looks like he's sneezing or coughing. Since I was doing my fair share of sneezing and couging throughout the weekend, I felt he was a bird I could really identify with.
I'll have pictures of some more birds tomorrow!