[birding] Re: Sparrow ID and Philomath Ponds this morning

Pam Otley pamo1954 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 31 16:10:14 PDT 2015

Hi all,

Well, very kind birders have responded and have clued me in that my sparrow
is the much more common White-crowned Sparrow, an immature. Not nearly as
exciting as my original candidates....sigh...I appreciate the assistance!

Pam  :-)

On Sat, Oct 31, 2015 at 2:15 PM, Pam Otley <pamo1954 at gmail.com> wrote:

> HI all,
> I visited the Philomath ponds this morning and saw the continuing
> Long-tailed Duck in the nw pond. It seemed to stay with a group of
> Buffleheads and Scaups.
> There was also a Black-bellied Plover on the east side of the nw pond.
> Other
> birds of interest were 2 Peregrine Falcons in a tree along the entry road,
> 2 Bald Eagles, 2 Horned Grebes and a Dunlin.
> Now, to the sparrow.  Looking south of the sw corner of the south pond, I
> looked down at the road where some seed has been spread. It was quite
> active with Golden-crowned and Song Sparrows, Juncos, Spotted Towhees, and
> House Finches. One sparrow caught my eye with its brown head stripes. It
> had a line back from the eye, a "malar" stripe  pale lores, plain breast
> and belly (no streaks). I am thinking it might be a Clay-colored Sparrow or
> Chipping Sparrow.
> Looking at other photos, it seems that Chipping has dark lores.
> Here are some photos - 5 of sparrow, then some of other birds I saw this
> morning.
> I would appreciate any input on the sparrow ID, please!
> https://flic.kr/p/AdNrPu
> Happy birding,
> Pam Otley

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