Lincoln's SparrowMelospiza lincolnii
5-6" (13-15 cm). Crown has 2 rusty stripes; gray eyebrow. Buff band, finely streaked with black, across upper breast. Similar to Song Sparrow, but more finely streaked and shyer.
A rich, gurgling, wren-like song rising in the middle and dropping abruptly at the end.
two call types
calls & song
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Brushy bogs, willow or alder thickets; winters in woodland thickets and brushy pastures.
Breeds from Alaska, northern Quebec, Labrador, and Newfoundland south to California, northern New Mexico, and northern New England. Winters across the southern tier of United States.
When not singing, Lincoln's Sparrow is wary and secretive. This unobtrusive bird of the northern bogs was first described by Audubon in 1834 from a specimen he collected in Quebec, and he named the bird for Robert Lincoln, a companion on his trip to Labrador. Although not uncommon during migration, Lincoln's Sparrow is seldom noticed because of its shyness and its resemblance to the Song Sparrow.
4 or 5 pale green eggs, heavily spotted with brown, in a cup of grass well concealed in forest undergrowth.