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Joshua Uffman asks for tips on how to tell a fall Clay-colored Sparrow from
a fall Chipping Sparrow.

Several subtle field marks are pointed out in the illustrations on p. 485 of
The Sibley Guide to Birds, but the least subtle, and most important, is the
brown rump. Chippies have gray rumps. Clay-colors have sandy brown rumps.
Sometimes, there will be a Clay-color in a flock of Chippies. When they fly,
the brown rump will set him apart.

Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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