LeConte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii), Wild Burro Canyon, Pima County
This LeConte's Sparrow was found
and photographed by Jennifer Hayduk on 26 September 2017
and also photographed by Chris McCreedy, Andrew Core,
Laurens Halsey, and Ken Murphy on 27 September.
If accepted by the ABC, this would
represent the third record for Arizona. The first was in
Mohave County, 29 November 1981. The second was also in
Pima County, wintering in 2004-2005.
This bird can be identified by a
combination of features illustrated in the photos below.
It is a short-tailed, flat-headed sparrow, typical of
the genus Ammodramus.
It is buffy-colored overall with a contrasting white
belly, white edging on the tertials forming a white
streak on the folded wing, fine dark streaking across
the breast and flanks, and a finely streaked nape. The
face pattern is sparse with grayish auriculars bordered
above with a triangular streak behind the eye, and a
dark spot behind the auriculars. The lores are pale. The
crown has two broad dark lateral stripes bordering a
white median stripe.
26 September 2017, photo by Jennifer Hayduk
27 September 2017, photo by Chris McCreedy
27 September 2017, photo by Andrew Core
27 September 2017, photo by Laurens Halsey
27 September 2017, photo by Ken MurphyAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 27 September 2017