|Belding's Savannah Sparrow. March 30, 2014. San Elijo Lagoon, California. Greg Gillson|
The eyebrow shows some yellow in the supraloral area. The bill is fairly long for the species. One other mark to note is that these birds apparently have short head feathers and don't give a partially raised crested look that other Savannah Sparrows occasionally do.
The song is not different from other races. It is high-pitched starting with three short notes, and a drawn out buzzy insect-like trill with a sudden low drop at the end: tsit, tsit, tsit, tseeeeee-dzay. At a distance (or as my hearing deteriorates), only the last transition to the lower buzzier note is audible, "eee-dzay."
|Belding's Savannah Sparrow.|
Note especially the pale gray-brown overall color, thin paler breast streaking. And look at that! partially raised crown feathers.
|Brook's Savannah Sparrow. June 9, 2011. Sherwood, Oregon. Greg Gillson.|