The Illusive Lincoln’s Sparrow In Flight

by Larry Jordan on August 8, 2009

Lincoln's Sparrow, sparrowLincoln’s Sparrow photos by Larry Jordan

The Lincoln’s Sparrow is somewhat secretive but I was fortunate to capture this one on the auto tour at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge last March.  It was singing its beautiful, sweet, bubbling song that you can hear courtesy of Cornell Lab here.

Lincoln Sparrow, sparrow

They are a striking, multicolored songbird that stopped me in my tracks when I saw it.  I was lucky enough to snap a photo as it flew off.  As it flew away, I thanked the little cutie for giving me such a nice view.

To see some really nice bird photos, check out Bird Photography Weekly!

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Arija August 9, 2009 at 3:26 am

Wonderful captures of this little cutie, Thank you for including the song as well.
.-= Arija´s last blog ..Bird Photography Weekly ~ 21 The Wattlebird =-.


Rob Ripma August 9, 2009 at 6:18 am

Fantastic series of images. I really enjoyed the last shot of the bird taking flight! Very nicely done!
.-= Rob Ripma´s last blog ..Piping Plovers in the UP: Bird Photography Weekly =-.


Mick August 9, 2009 at 11:48 am

Lovely photos – the in-flight one is especially good. Thanks for the link to the sound as well.
.-= Mick´s last blog ..Figbird =-.


Wren August 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

I know you love birds, because only someone who did would describe this classic LBJ as a “striking, multicolored songbird.”

It can be easy to overlook the beauty that’s right in front of us.

Great photos, particularly that last one, of the sparrow in flight!
.-= Wren´s last blog ..Golden Eagle at Sitka Raptor Center (Bird Photography Weekly) =-.


Dawn Fine August 9, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Awesome pics! Love the in flight…
Take care..
Hope to see you when we get to California!
.-= Dawn Fine´s last blog ..Face Plates =-.


Neil August 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Very good flight photo thanks for the sound as well.
.-= Neil´s last blog ..Restless Flycatcher =-.


Larry August 9, 2009 at 9:36 pm

@Arija thank you for the comment and you are welcome for the song. I love to hear the bird songs and try to remember them.

@Rob thank you very much. Love those close ups of the Piping Plovers too

@Mick you are very welcome. Back at ya with the Figbird video!

@Wren you put a big smile on my face with your comment 🙂 I do love, even the LBJs

@Dawn thanks. Looking forward to your visit. Maybe we’ll make some Face Plates! 😉


gwendolen August 9, 2009 at 11:23 pm

I saw these gorgeous pix on Flick (sneaky preview – hehe). Thanks for adding the sound clip. This sparrow has a lovely call
.-= gwendolen´s last blog ..IVAD09 blog festival | BPW #50 =-.


Christopher August 10, 2009 at 4:10 am

I love that flight shot!!
.-= Christopher´s last blog ..Bird Photography Weekly #50 =-.


Nicole August 10, 2009 at 5:34 am

Such a small Beauty!
That flight shot is stunning!
.-= Nicole´s last blog ..Blue Beauty =-.


bob k August 10, 2009 at 7:58 am

Congratulations on getting that flight shot, Larry! The link to the song is much appreciated as well.
.-= bob k´s last blog ..The Beast =-.


Larry August 10, 2009 at 6:43 pm

@Gwen thanks. I am looking forward to an excellent International Vulture Awareness Day!

@Chris thanks. Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time

@Nicole thank you for the comment

@Bob thank you very much. I love hearing the bird songs. Birding by ear is a very important aspect of birding as you know


Kelly August 10, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Absolutely beautiful captures! I’ve yet to see one of these little guys. Seeing his wing splayed out in the flight photo is very cool. (Ooo…I always forget to answer the question when I comment. You would think I would learn!)
.-= Kelly´s last blog ..Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Lucifer Crocosmia (BPW #50) =-.


Madah August 11, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I like the shot with its wings spread out. Real cool!
.-= Madah´s last blog ..Little Pied Cormorant =-.


MaineBirder August 11, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Beautiful photos of a beautiful bird Larry!
.-= MaineBirder´s last blog ..Dunlin Video =-.


Kim August 12, 2009 at 6:08 am

Larry, you always get some of the best flight shots of birds!!! I love all of the shots of that sparrow, but the last one is exceptional!!
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Plymouth Beach-Gulls of Course!! =-.


Larry August 12, 2009 at 9:17 pm

@Kelly thank you very much. I love your Hummingbirds!

@Madah thanks. I feel lucky to get that one

@John they are beautiful aren’t they?

@Daniel thanks for the Tweet!

@Kim nice to hear from you again and thank you very much. You have been one busy girl!


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