Saturday, October 01, 2016

towhee and sparrows

another path leads to the western side of the river mouth at Campbell but the presence of rather a lot of bear poo and a rather narrow path meant that some flitting sparrows were initially given little attention until I realised that a percentage of the flock were in fact Golden-crowned Sparrows a species I had not seen since California in 1997 -- after some tricky views a couple of birds eventually performed well -- Spotted Towhees were also frequent -- according to the Sibley guide these first two White-crowned Sparrows are first-winter West Taiga birds while the bird on the path is a Pacific first-winter -- Savannah Sparrows were scattered through most habitats

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