[birding] tree sparrow

Paula Vanderheul vanderp at peak.org
Tue Jan 1 19:29:46 PST 2008

Yes it had the central breast spot.  We all saw it clearly.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jamie S. 
  To: rich armstrong ; corvbird 
  Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 6:18 PM
  Subject: Re: [birding] tree sparrow

  Nice bird and photos!  Does it have a central breast spot?  (I'm not doubting the ID; the photos show the key marks, but plants in the way mark it hard to tell if it has a breast spot.)


  rich armstrong <richarmstrong at comcast.net> wrote:
    1. paula vanderhuel and i met cheryl whelchel out at e e wilson and did a long walk looking for palm warbler.
    2. we did not find the palm warbler, but we did find an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW - another example of the patagonia picnic table effect. it was in a flock of golden-crowned sparrows and juncos eating sunflowers. there were many LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and 1 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the area. i guess it was about 230 pm.
    3. directions
        a. take the same hq road as for the palm warbler.
        b. go all the way to the northmost east-west road
        c. go right (east) about 100 feet
        d. on the left is an opening that goes to a sunflower field with a small pond behind it.
        e. all the birds were in that field and would flush to surrounding bushes and back to the field
    4. cheryl got some pictures and will post at least the best on her website - she will email the group when she gets home and gets it downloaded
    5. since nanette was snowboarding at hoodoo today i am sure i will be going out tomorrow with her to look for the sparrow as well as the palm warbler. if anyone wants to go with us (i would guess maybe 10 am depending on weather) let me know.
    6. i apologize for not calling all the people i always call, but nanette has the cell phone.
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