[birding] Chipping Sparrow and new bluebird pair

Marcia F. Cutler marciafcutler at comcast.net
Sun Mar 25 10:57:39 PDT 2018

When I was a very beginning birder and living in the northern edge of Eugene, I noticed the same segregation of crowned sparrows at this one woody, undeveloped property I passed during my neighborhood walks. They each frequented just one edge of this wooded property. I was curious about this and eventually noticed that there was a slight difference in the habitat - the side favored by Golden-crowneds had larger bramble patches next to it, while the side favored by the White-crowneds had an open grass field next to it. 
I still see that dichotomy. For instance, the Midge Cramer Trail is in my CBC area. I start at the parking lot off Reservoir Rd. The large bramble patches along the first part of the trail are good for Golden-crowneds (and Lincoln’s, Towhees, Song and Fox Sparrows). Where the path turns eastward towards the fairgrounds, White-Crowneds start showing up, going between the grass fields on the north side of the trail and the brushes and small trees on the south side. Golden-crowneds can be found in these brushes/trees, but mostly where there are large bramble patches further back.

Marcia F. Cutler

On Mar 24, 2018, at 6:05 PM, Frank Kolwicz <fhkolwicz1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi, Lisa,
> Up on the north side of Baskett Slough, along Smithfield Rd. I've noticed that there are two exclusive flocks of Sparrows, one has no White-crowns and the other no Golden-crowns. Where I see them hang-out is no more than 400 yards apart and frequently much less, but they've been this way for years. There are various other species in each of them, only the -crowns are different.
> Frank
> On 3/24/2018 12:46 PM, Lisa Millbank wrote:
>> [SNIP]
>> A White-crowned Sparrow showed up in the back yard, which is a rare
>> occurrence for some reason.  White-crowns are common year-round just a few
>> blocks away, and breed in some large parking lots nearby, but they don't
>> seem to care for our yard.
> [SNIP]
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