During lunch break today (24 Sept.) , I had a relatively distinct (rather colorful) Clay-colored Sparrow at the Santa Ana Cemetery/Fairhaven Memorial ParkMessage 1 of 2 , Sep 24View Source
During lunch break today (24 Sept.), I had a relatively distinct (rather colorful) Clay-colored Sparrow at the Santa Ana Cemetery/Fairhaven Memorial Park complex in n.e. Santa Ana. The bird was associating with a flock(!) of about 6+ Pin-tailed Whydahs, which I think are all males in basic plumage. Later, at least 5 or 6 Chipping Sparrows were also present in the same area, but the Clay-colored only seemed to loosely associate with any of the other birds. This was in the same general area that the two wintered recently (2011-2012): about 100 yards s.e. of the maintenance area in the center of the cemetery complex. Just look for birds feeding on the lawns, anywhere in this area, as they move around quite a bit. If I can figure out how to post photos, in this new Yahoo Groups format, I'll try to do that. Regarding the Whydahs, there has been a male present for about 2 weeks, though I saw none during the summer months. Last fall there was a group of around 20-25 whydahs (none that were males in their classic alternate plumage). There is also an unknown Estrildid type finch that has been hanging around for almost a month now--haven't figured out what the thing is yet.