This one, evidently collided and cat-scavenged, presented an identification challenge. The remaining feathers strongly suggested Melospiza sparrow, but it was really the pattern on the undertail coverts and other contour feathers that provided the necessary clues as to which one. Ultimately, the black centers in a dark brown band on a lighter feather are congruent with Song Sparrow, but not Lincoln’s.
I’m always thankful for no casualties on a foggy morning following lots of audible flight calls overnight!
In other news, a fully cooked and mouthwatering bratwurst has been sitting in the grass on the north side of the building since last weekend’s tailgates. . .