[midvalleybirds] RE: Clay-colored Sparrow near Halsey

Thomas Gilg tom at barbless.com
Sun Mar 10 10:28:09 PDT 2019

Thanks for the forward Joel.

Undoubtedly THE landowner (from the only nearby residence, 500-feet south) did pull out and drive by me, with an inquisitive look, but drove past me without pausing, and I waved. He does have ad-hoc farm stuff stored behind the canes, so is probably watchful.


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Subject: [midvalleybirds] Fwd: Clay-colored Sparrow near Halsey

Location is about 2 miles east of Peoria on Abraham Rd., then south along Potter Rd. about half a mile to a railroad crossing. 

Note that this is all private land on both sides of the road, so you should stay within the right-of-way for the road. The eBird alert gives the address of the nearest residence, but presumably that's just for geographic reference and does not imply any permission from the residents there. 

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) 
- Reported Mar 09, 2019 12:12 by Thomas Gilg 
- 29xxx Potter Road, Halsey, Oregon, US (44.436, -123.164), Linn, Oregon 
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=44.4359072,-123.1639353&ll=44.4359072,-123.1639353 
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53641838 
- Media: 5 Photos 
- Comments: "Small sparrow with very pale un-marked breast, relatively long notched tail and pale gray nape/collar. Auricular is reasonably buffy and well outlined, unlike Brewer's with a simpler-grayish auricular and weaker outline. Obvious pale lores, unlike Chipping Sparrow with black line from eyes to beak. While not as "bold" as some ID books would suggest, this sparrow did have an obvious white median crown stripe, and dark lateral stripes all above a nice white supercilium. 

The bird was in a group of Savannah Sparrows on the north side of the road (cutting across a railroad crossing), all of whom were working along blackberry canes and thickets, from the ground up to about 4 feet max. I parked on the east side of the tracks, and most of the pictures were from the west side of the tracks. 

The waypoint is precise, and on a small safe gravel pullout. 

This is likely the mystery bird that Kaplan Yalcin had reported 2 days earlier (Mar 7), which may mean it is hanging out for now." 

Joel Geier 
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis 
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