Clay-colored Sparrow

Friday, December 21st, 2018

carnegiemuseumnaturalhistory:

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A rarity to Powdermill, this sparrow usually breeds in shrublands, field edges, and thickets across the northern prairies. 


Powdermill Nature Reserve’s avian research center is part of Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s biological research station in Rector, Pennsylvania.  The research center operates a bird banding station, conducts bioacoustical research, and performs flight tunnel analysis with the goal of reducing window collisions.

#327

I’m fighting a cold, but the year’s almost done and I’m tied for the top spot in the county-year eBird rankings. So I set the alarm and headed to River Park in Lompoc, where a Clay-colored Sparrow has been seen lately hanging out with the White-crowned Sparrows.

I spent most of my time checking out a couple of different groups of White-crowns, trying hard to make one of them look smaller than the rest. No dice.

I’d basically given up (again. why is it always like that?) and was heading back to my car past the pond when I saw one more group of sparrows I hadn’t checked before. And there, hopping around with them, was one that was distinctly smaller. And cuter. 🙂

My photo’s nowhere near as good as the OP’s. But it’s special to me.

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This could be my last county-year bird of 2018. I’ve got a few chances at a Northern Pygmy-Owl coming up, and there have been some Black and White-winged Scoters seen off Vandenberg not far from Surf Station; maybe I could see one of those. And there’s the method Nick explained a while back to scope for American Bitterns at Ocean Beach Park. Any of those could add another species to the list.

And there’s always the chance of a wildcard. They’re birds; you can’t predict them.

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hiimlesphotos: Watching the Kingfisher

Monday, December 17th, 2018

hiimlesphotos:

Watching the Kingfisher

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dendroica:Purple Finch (by me)

Monday, December 17th, 2018

dendroica:

Purple Finch (by me)

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brooklynbridgebirds: Yellow-rumped WarblerBrooklyn Bridge…

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

brooklynbridgebirds:

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Shrub path between Piers 1 & 2

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greenandflex:Where is breakfast?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

greenandflex:

Where is breakfast?

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brooklynbridgebirds:Ruby-crowned KingletBrooklyn Bridge Park,…

Monday, December 10th, 2018

brooklynbridgebirds:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1

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Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)Padaro Lane, 2018-10-23

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)

Padaro Lane, 2018-10-23

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)Carpinteria Bluffs, 2018-12-07

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)

Carpinteria Bluffs, 2018-12-07

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ostdrossel:Again, no booth pics, but something amazing happened…

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

ostdrossel:

Again, no booth pics, but something amazing happened this morning – I had a Summer Tanager in my yard! When I first saw him, I thought it was a weird female Cardinal or maybe a female Orchard Oriole (because I have never seen one before), but something did not add up. From what I am reading, their range normally does not even reach as far as Michigan, so this was such a cool surprise! What a spring this is!

#326

Right where it was supposed to be, eating persimmons at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)Carpinteria Bluffs, 2018-12-07

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Carpinteria Bluffs, 2018-12-07

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fatchance:I almost missed this young Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter…

Friday, December 7th, 2018

fatchance:

I almost missed this young Cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) resting in a tangle of mesquite branches. 

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greenandflex: I will be here this winter

Friday, December 7th, 2018

greenandflex:

I will be here this winter

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stranger-nature: A Lincoln’s sparrow perched on a fence next to a song sparrow. You can really see…

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

stranger-nature:

A Lincoln’s sparrow perched on a fence next to a song sparrow. You can really see the contrast between the two species here!

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Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)Santa Monica Creek, 2018-12-03

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

Santa Monica Creek, 2018-12-03

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Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)Santa Monica Creek,…

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Santa Monica Creek, 2018-12-03

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hiimlesphotos: Focus

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

hiimlesphotos:

Focus

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snailkites: todaysbird: you: seagulls are evil winged rats >:( me, who has seen the light and…

Friday, November 30th, 2018

snailkites:

todaysbird:

you: seagulls are evil winged rats >:(

me, who has seen the light and knows the peace the universe holds:

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For those curious: Ross’s Gull (Rhodostethia rosea), a dove-sized gull that lives in a tiny area of the Arctic. Notice the pink wash on the belly.

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anonsally replied to your photoset “Liftoff” If you…

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

anonsally
replied to your photoset “Liftoff”

If you post enough pictures of it, I’ll know what a Say’s phoebe looks like and will recognise it when I see one in real life!

You’re ready. Go forth and behold their true splendor, which photographs cannot convey. 🙂

Oh, it might also help if you listen to a recording. Many times I’m alerted to their presence by hearing their plaintive, downslurred call.

https://www.xeno-canto.org/229319

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California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)Santa Monica Creek,…

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

Santa Monica Creek, 2018-11-28

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Liftoff

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Liftoff

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