Arboretum Sparrow Patch (Birdyak)
- I took a bag of bird seed and visited the Arboretum sparrow patch today
(Sunday) and spent a chilly but very enjoyable couple of hours watching the
crowd which included a fat squirrel who bellied up to the bar with the birds.
The White Throated sparrow showed up after I had been there for a while. It
flew in from the brush to the right of the feeding area and closer to the
ponds to the north of the site.
I also saw a bird which I tentatively identified as the Harris' sparrow.
Sizewise, it appeared to be a blimp compared to the other sparrows. It more
closely resembled the field guide pictures of an immature bird rather than an
adult. Any comments from others who have seen it? I could have been
In addition to the birds on Denny's list, I saw a pair of Downy Woodpeckers,
a Northern Flicker and several Golden Crowned Kinglets.
Thanks Denny for creating the sparrow patch , and thanks also to you and the
others who started Birdyak. It should add a lot to the enjoyment of birding
in our area.
- Joyce Lucas writes:
>I also saw a bird which I tentatively identified as the Harris' sparrow.more
>Sizewise, it appeared to be a blimp compared to the other sparrows. It
>closely resembled the field guide pictures of an immature bird rather thanan
>adult. Any comments from others who have seen it? I could have beenThe two times I've seen the Harris' Sparrow it looked like a non-breeding
adult. It had a scaled look to the crown and chin instead of the all black
on a breeding adult. It was also more buff than grey around the auricular.
The closest picture I've found was plate 22 # 54c in the "Sparrows and
Buntings" Guide by Clive Byers et al.
I find this sparrow patch a great place to compare and learn about the many
different plumages and sparrows and I also thank Denny for creating it.
Fate succumbs many a species:
one alone jeopardizes itself.
- W. H. Auden
Kerry Turley <><
304 E. Woodin Rd.
Sunnyside, WA 98944