[midvalleybirds] Fwd: Chipping Sparrows near Baskett Slough NWR

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From: Roy Gerig <roygerig at gmail.com> 
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 17:29:15 -0800 
Subject: [obol] 4 Chipping Sparrows near BSNWR, 1/25/19 

A few or more of winters ago I wrote about this topic on obol, I looked for 
winter Chipping Sparrows along edges of mature Filbert orchards after 
having accidentally stumbling on some. It had been said they aren't here 
in winter and more likely a Clay colored or something. I have seen rather 
large winter flocks of CHSP in the Mohave high desert 
I had found winter Chippies at the edges of 8 of 11 mature or old orchards 
I looked at, usually about 4 each place, always mixed with large loose 
flocks of Juncos, Chickadees, Crowned Sparrows, other little birds 

That's what I did today, along Farmer Rd there is a mile or so of mature 
old Filberts 2 miles east of Hwy 99, drive until you see a lot of little 
bird activity, they use the catkins and lichens on the trees just now. 
They are not mistakable, with their rufousy caps and grey nape and every 
other field mark, buoyant flight and small size 

Roy Gerig Salem OR 

Joel Geier 
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis 

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