This morning Sal Salerno and I went in search of the sparrows reported by others on Cherry Lake Road over the last few days. We arrived at 0900. We began by stopping about 1.5 miles from highway 120 (0.6 miles from the Hetch Hetchy sign as reported by Frances Oliver), then moved along to a spot 2.1 miles from highway 120. We walked much of the road between these points. We then returned to the lower site, eventually locating a singing male Black-chinned Sparrow approximately 1.4 miles from the intersection of Cherry Lake Road and 120. The bird was on the upslope side of the road, singing from an exposed perch on a burned shrub skeleton. Though the bird could be identified with binoculars, it was far enough off the road that it was helpful to have a spotting scope. The bird was seen at about 1030 am. We also saw and heard several singing Black-throated Sparrows and Sage Sparrows. Other birds seen included Lazuli Bunting, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wrentit, Orange-crowned Warbler.
GPS coordinates for the Black-chinned Sparrow were: Latitude 37 degrees, 50 minutes, 23.3 seconds, Longitude 120 degrees, 00 minutes, 14.0 seconds
Thank you all who reported these birds!
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