[CT Birds] Rocky Hill Meadows - Ipswich Savannah Sparrow

David Tripp Jr dtrippjr at comcast.net
Fri Dec 27 10:18:00 EST 2013

Seriously, I wouldn't be putting that down as an "Ipswich". Not just based on my ID which I think is on the side of a paler Savannah but on your posted  results of three Connecticut "experts" with three different answers. Sorry Bill just saying...

Dave Tripp

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> On Dec 27, 2013, at 9:28 AM, Bill Asteriades <bill.asteriades at gmail.com> wrote:
> This past weekend I observed a pale looking Savannah Sparrow feeding in a
> corn field in Rocky Hill Meadows with several other Savannah Sparrows (2nd
> left turn on Great Meadow Road via access from Ferry Landing - unable to
> relocate). It stood out amongst the Savannahs similar to a Hoary Redpoll
> amongst Common Redpolls. I immediately thought Ipswich but recognized how
> rare inland sightings are. Thus, I forwarded pictures to Julian, Nick and
> Mark for their thoughts. Their opinions (thanks guys!), and not necessarily
> in order, are - yes, an Ipswich, probably an Ipswich and I think so but may
> not be identifiable. At this point, I will stay with Ipswich unless further
> information is available.  A couple of pictures are available via the link
> below. These pictures have not been edited other than cropping.
> 12/21/13 - Rocky Hill Meadows, Rocky Hill - IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROW (rare
> inland sighting). Always seen walking or running, which is typical of
> Ipswich sparrows, and never hopped as their counterparts do.
> https://picasaweb.google.com/106804821264340848034/BillAsteriades2013BirdPicS04?authkey=Gv1sRgCK-FsNua2ebh0QE
> Bill Asteriades
> South Glastonbury, CT
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