Lots along beach fringe. One was interactions a bit with a song sp. territorial over food ?
San Diego County, California, US
Area naturalists identify this bird as a possible Belding's Savannah Sparrow, possibly a juvenile. We also have savannah and song sparrows in this area. This bird did have a yellow streak above the eye but only slight yellowish below the eye. Thoughts anyone?
The Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) is a small American sparrow. It is the only widely accepted member of the genus Passerculus. Comparison of mtDNA NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 and 3 sequences indicates that the Ipswich Sparrow, formerly usually considered a valid species (as Passerculus princeps), is a well-marked subspecies of the Savannah Sparrow, whereas the southwestern Large-billed Sparrow should be recognized as distinct species (Passerculus rostratus).