Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
Bear Creek Lake Park just east of Fitness Station #1
brushy habitat with lots of Rabbitbrush, willows, a few scattered trees(Russian Olive and young Cottonwood)
Stokes DLS Vortex 8x42
approx. 40-50 feet
It was early morning; the sun was behind me and shining on the birds as they sat at the base of a bush.
Description of the Bird
It had rained the night before and everything was wet. The two sparrows were sitting at the base of a bush soaking in the sunlight. They were sitting with their sides toward me. Both were very similiar to each other and seemed small, slim, and colorful for sparrows. I could see the streaked, dark brown crown with a pale stripe, buffy supercilium,
brown ear coverts with a dark brown mustache, distinct malar stripe. The brown wings had some beige. Chin was white and sides were beige or buffy.
Behaviors: The birds weere sitting at the base of a bush in a brushy area soaking in the morning sun. they were there several minutes allowing good looks.
Plumage: adult non-breeding
Similar Species Discussion
Because of the bright colors I eliminated Brewer's Sparrows and i could tell it was not a Chipping Sparrow, which I am very familiar with.
After birding in the morning, consulted The Sibley Guide to Birds and Sparrows of the United States by Beadle and Rising.
Lots of experience with Chipping and Brewer's Sparrows. Some experience with Clay-colored in migration. Have studied sparrows to become proficient in ID's.
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Date Documentation Submitted
12/30/2008 6:14:00 AM