Let's start off with a species that consists of more than one sub-species, a White-crowned Sparrow. Below are photos of the sub-species gambelii and oriantha. Very similar, but also very different once you look at the photos. Check out the striping on the head and also the color of the beaks.
The White-throated Sparrow is a bit similar to the White-crowned and sometimes mixes in with White-crowns and is often overlooked by novice birders.
Next are photos of a Rufous-winged Sparrow and a Rufous-crowned Sparrow.
Next we have a Black-throated Sparrow, a Black-chinned Sparrow, and a Sage Sparrow. The Black-throated is one of my favorite sparrows; handsome little birds! Sage Sparrow is not too bad either!
The next 3 in the lineup are the Baird's Sparrow, the Grasshopper Sparrow, and a Savannah Sparrow. Savannah is one that has sub-species and not all Savannah's will look like this photo.
These next 4 consist of the Chipping Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and Lincoln's Sparrow. The Song Sparrow is found pretty much throughout the United States, but can look very different from one area of the country to another.
The last 3 Sparrows being represented include Lark Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow and finally the Fox Sparrow. The Fox Sparrow is found in at least 3 color phases, of which I have 2 of them in photos.
These photos represent about half of the sparrow species found in the United States. Birders should not be intimidated by the identification of this group of birds. The more one sees them in the field and in their habitats, the more you learn about identification. No, it is not always easy, but this is a group of birds that is challenging and when one does get past the stage of intimidation, they are quite interesting birds to observe and can be a lot of fun. I will continue to seek out more of these LBJ's and hopefully capture some more future photos of more of them.