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Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
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Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)

General Description: Vesper Sparrows (Pooecetes gramineus) are medium sized, sexually monomorphic, streak-breasted sparrows. They are light gray-brown above, light below, have white outer tail feathers, and have a bold white eyering. They also have a rusty patch on the shoulder, which is not often seen. The ear patch is dark and bordered with bold white lines below and behind.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Emberizidae.

Favored Habitat: Open desert with shrubs where they can run on the ground.

Where to Find: Red Rock Canyon NCA, Corn Creek on the Desert National Wildlife Range, and the Duck Creek ponds.

Comments:

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) Vesper Sparrows superficially resemble the more common Savannah Sparrow, but Vespers do not have a central spot on the breast, and they do not have a bold eyeline that is sometimes yellowish.
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) If you were a tasty seed or perhaps a little caterpillar, this might be the last face you ever see!
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Vesper Sparrow is light gray overall with a bold eyering
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Notice white outer tail feathers, which are more easily seen in flight
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Vesper Sparrow; note rusty shoulder
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Vesper Sparrow; Wilcox, Arizona
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Vesper Sparrow; Wilcox, Arizona
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Vesper Sparrow; Wilcox, Arizona
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) more to come ...

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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