Lincoln's sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4.75 inches
Brown crown with gray central stripe
Gray face and supercilium
Brown streak extends behind eye
Thick malar streak bordered by white throat and buff submustachial stripe
Olive back with darker streaks
Buffy breast and flanks with fine streaks
Thin, rounded tail
Juvenile (summer) similar to adult but is buffier
The song sparrow can be told from the Lincoln's sparrow by its larger
bill, heavier streaking on the breast and flanks, lack of buffy color on the
breast and face, brown back, larger size and longer tail. Juvenile Lincoln's
sparrows are very similar to juvenile swamp and song Sparrows. Savannah sparrow is similar but has a yellowish supercilium and lacks a buffy breast. Swamp sparrow has a rusty crown, rusty wings and much less streaking on
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Successional-scrub
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-6
Length of Incubation: 12-14 days
Days to Fledge: 9-12
Number of Broods: 1, possibly 2
Diet: Mostly seeds; lesser quantities of insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February Acc
Crooked Run Valley