[midvalleybirds] Fwd: Chipping Sparrows near Baskett Slough NWR

adamus7 at comcast.net adamus7 at comcast.net
Sat Jan 26 11:27:21 PST 2019

A Breeding Bird Survey route that I've done for 20 years goes by that exact location and it's the only place on the 25-mile route that I find Chipping Sparrows every year.  So perhaps they are resident there.

Paul Adamus

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Subject: [midvalleybirds] Fwd: Chipping Sparrows near Baskett Slough NWR

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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