Documentation of White-throated Sparrow

Observer Information

Reporter:  Norm Lewis  852 S. DeFrame Way,   LAKEWOOD, CO  80228-3034
Other Observers:  Jason Beason, ten others in group

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  White-throated Sparrow
First Date/Time:  6/5/2016 10:00:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  6/5/2016 10:05:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  Five minutes
County:  Gunnison
Specific Location:  Location Not Listed
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Breeding



Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Leica binoculars
Distance:  Ten feet
Light:  Excellent at mid-morning

Description of the Bird

Large sparrow first seen associating with pine siskins, feeding on dandelion seeds. I noticed the size difference and paused for a second look, assuming that it would be a white-crowned sparrow. Upon closer inspection, the bird proved to have black and white striped head (obviously it was a "white-striped" morph), a very white throat patch (sharply defined by darker upper breast and face) and the clincher: bright yellow lores.

NOTE: I am not certain that this bird needs to be reported, but I thought a June sighting in Gunnison County might be significant enough to justify submitting it.

Similar Species Discussion

White-crowned sparrow does not have yellow lores.

Resources Used

Past experience, field guide

Previous Experience

Extensive- I have seen many in the eastern U.S., and it is not uncommon in mixed Zonotrichia flocks in eastern Colorado in winter.


Notes made DURING observation

Materials Available

No files uploaded.

Date Documentation Submitted

6/10/2016 3:53:00 PM

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