Nov 12 at Sparrow Patch-White-throated Sparrow
At 2:00 this afternoon, a White-throated Sparrow brightened a rather
lackluster group at the Arboretum Sparrow Patch. The eyebrow was tan and the yellow
lores didn't jump out but the brilliant white throat and malar area slashed
with a dark lateral throat stripe and framed by the dark mustache were quite
obvious. The mantle was crisply marked and the bird had a smudgy streaked breast.
Juncos were numerous as were the House Sparrows. Few House Finch,
Golden-crowned Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, two Spotted Towhees...NO Fox or Song
sparrows or Quail during my brief visit.
On the way out, I checked for Waxwings. Finally noticed a couple in the
patch of Crabapple trees just south of the rose garden. The flock finally proved
to number over 40 individuals. They were perching high in a barren deciduous
tree and dropping down to feed on the small Crabapple tree at the northeast
corner of the group. It had very small fruits of reddish-brown color that were
very soft. Checked the waxwings over and over but didn't locate a Bohemian.
Left around 3:00.
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