Red x Slate-color Fox Sparrow - Ocean Meadows MEN
- Fri, 5 March 2010 -- Today there was a vagrant FOX SPARROW that
had characteristics of both the Eastern RED and the Canadian SLATE-
COLORED races. It was NOT just a P.i. zaboria.
If you look in your Sibley guide, he shows an intergrade between Red and
Slate that hybridizes in the Canadian Rockies. The spotting on the white
breast and belly was really RED!!! The auriclulars had a wash of red over
gray/brown. The mantle was very smooth gray, as was the crown and nape.
There was some reddish on the wings, the rump and dorsal side of the tail.
The bill showed very little difference between the upper and lower mandible,
DULL, not yellow/pink.
I sent two awful pics to Bob Keiffer. It was very cloudy, and I had to take
the photos from my "low-e" tinted windows. Neither Jim nor I saw it this
afternoon. I'll look again in the morning.
Karen & Jim Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, CA
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