Rob Raker; Yes
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
Bear Creek Lake Park in the shrubby area east of Fitnes #1 Station.
Scrub habitat consisting mostly of Rabbitbrush and scrub willows. fairly thick cover. Area has proved to be a consistently good spot for migrants.
Stokes DLS Vortex 8x42
approx. 20 feet
Sun was low in the sky and behind us. Favorable light conditions.
Description of the Bird
The bird was in a mixed flock of Brewer's and Chipping sparrows (40-50) and popped up on the outer edge of some rabbitbrush for a short while enabling us to get a good look at the bird. It had clean buffy colors including a buffy supercilium, distinct auricular patch, white malar area and buffy sides.
Behaviors: The mixed flock of sparrows was feeding on the ground and in and around the dense rabbitbrush and scrub willow. The bird popped up for a few seconds and gave us a good look.
Plumage: Adult non-breeding
Similar Species Discussion
There were Brewer's and Chipping Sparrows in the mixed flock of birds. this bird just jumped out at us because of the sharper, cleaner, and buffy colors.
We referred to The Sibley Guide to Birds afterwards.
I'm very familiar with Chipping and Brewer's and have identified Clay-colored on several occasions.
Notes made AFTER observation
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Date Documentation Submitted
12/29/2008 3:59:00 PM