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Name: Paula
OH (Zone 6a)
Feb 12, 2017 11:37 AM CST
It looks like a sparrow. But
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what type.
Name: Rj
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Feb 12, 2017 11:48 AM CST
Maybe a American Tree sparrow.
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Name: woofie
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Feb 12, 2017 12:45 PM CST
I looked up birds of Ohio and it looks a bit like an Ovenbird, except the markings on the wings aren't right. It also resembles a Henslow's sparrow somewhat. But that's just from looking at the pretty pictures. Smiling
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Feb 12, 2017 1:08 PM CST
I'd go with a Black and White Warbler, myself. The sparrows usually have more brown coloring on them.

This description has them as one of the earliest arriving migrant birds.

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Name: greene
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Feb 12, 2017 1:24 PM CST
I agree I agree with the Black and White Warbler.
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Name: Sue
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Feb 12, 2017 1:41 PM CST
I'm going with song sparrow Smiling
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
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Feb 12, 2017 3:09 PM CST
I'm thinking song sparrow too.
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Feb 12, 2017 3:15 PM CST
Have you heard the bird sing? It does look much like the Song Sparrow which apparently has quite a distinct (and pretty sounding) song. If you scroll down on this link you will find the singing sounds.
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Name: Morgan
IL (Zone 5b)
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Feb 12, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Looks just like a song sparrow to me too. If you go to the allaboutbirds link mentioned above and click on the pictures in the field marks section, it opens up a viewer that lets you scroll through variations of song sparrows, alongside similar looking birds and explains what differences to look for. The specific striping pattern on the head, chest, and sides is usually what you look at with sparrows, since they are mostly shades of brown. Very helpful site. They also show the range maps and times of year present which is as important as the markings usually. In Ohio the song sparrow is a year round resident, while the black and white warbler would only likely be there in the summer.
Name: Lin
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Feb 12, 2017 3:44 PM CST
It looks more sparrow like to me than warbler. My first thought was a Chipping Sparrow but the bird in question doesn't appear to have a white eye stripe and the Chippers usually migrate south for the winter. It doesn't look to have the bright eye ring of the Ovenbird, I'm leaning more towards the Song Sparrow: http://jrscience.wcp.muohio.ed...

If you scroll about 1/2 way down this page of Ohio birds you can see photos for comparison of the Black and White Warbler and Song Sparrow:

Aububon site photos for comparison:
Black and White Warbler:
Song Sparrow:
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Name: Margaret
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Feb 12, 2017 4:49 PM CST
It is definitely not a warbler, notice the shape of the bill. I agree that it is most likely a song sparrow.
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Feb 12, 2017 8:25 PM CST
Yup, I think song sparrow too Smiling

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