Clay-colored Sparrow in Potter Valley
- Sun, 18 Mar 2001 -- At 9:30 this morning I found a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on
Pine Avenue in Potter Valley. It was in a flock of White-crowned Sparrows
that frequents the farm machinery at the Tiara Ranch about 1/3 mile from
East Road. Prominent crown stripe, light lores, ear patch, and tan rump.
There was another _Spizella_ present, but I could not get a good enough
look to ID it.
Around Potter Valley this morning there was also a Merlin on Pine
Avenue, no Mountain Bluebirds seen today, and another Merlin and a Lewis's
Woodpecker at the end of Burris Lane.
Along Potter Valley Road there was an American Dipper carrying
nesting material under the old bridge, another dipper carrying nesting
material at mm 0.75, and yet another dipper singing near mm 0.89. -- George
- Thu, 27 Aug 2009 -- This morning on Burris Lane in Potter Valley there was a
lot of sparrow activity. It felt like a fall morning. There were
concentrations of about 30 Lark Sparrows, 40 Chipping Sparrows, several
Savannah Sparrows, and 100 mixed swallows. Near, but not exactly with, the
Chipping Sparrows was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. The best area was along the
fence lines by the Bald Eagle Vineyard beyond the barn with pigeons. The
Clay-colored Sparrow was on the ground by the roadside, and on the fence,
and then it flew off to the north into the vineyard.
The shank of the morning was from about 7:30 to 8:30 after which the
birds seemed to move into the vineyard.