plain gray face,plain lighter-gray underparts (California, USA; 2007-03-18)

Swamp Sparrow
Melospiza georgiana

Native Range: North America

Notes: closely related and generally similar in appearance to Song Sparrow and Lincoln's Sparrow; prefers wet marshy habitats.

rufous patch on shoulder, yellow base of bill (California, USA; 2007-03-18)

streaked back; no sexual dimorphism (California, USA; 2008-04-25)