Orange County NELSON’S SPARROW!

Nelson's Sparrow, a first record for Orange County

Nelson’s Sparrow, a first record for Orange County

The birds clean gray nape and gray central crown stripe are easily seen, separating it from similar LeConte's which has streaked nape and white central crown stripe.

The birds clean gray nape and gray central crown stripe are easily seen, separating it from similar LeConte’s which has streaked nape and white central crown stripe.

The birds orange throat and upper breast can be seen well in this shot.

The birds orange throat and upper breast can be seen well in this shot.

Nelson's Sparrow at 6 1/2 Station Road 10/16/13

Nelson’s Sparrow at 6 1/2 Station Road 10/16/13

Once again Rob Stone has found a first for Orange County. This morning he discovered a NESLON’S SPARROW along the trail at 6 1/2 Station Road just off Rt 17M near the Country Convenience Store. The bird was located about 75 yards in on the trail in Cattails on the left side. I was able to get many identifying photos of this beautiful bird. The orange throat and upper breast clinch the ID as a Nelson’s Sparrow. Saltmarsh Sparrow has a white throat and upper breast. Rob, myself, Dennnis Murphy, Barry Babcock, Scott Baldinger, Joe Cullen, Curt and Clara McDermott were all able to get fantastic looks at this bird. Congratulations to Rob on yet another great find!

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4 Responses to Orange County NELSON’S SPARROW!

  1. Rob Stone strikes again! Incredible! Super shots of the bird, John, congratulations.

  2. Truth Muller says:

    What a beautiful sparrow! I wish I had been around to see it. Thanks for the pictures, John!

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