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  • Tom & Kay McConnell
    While Kay & I don’t have a Fox Sparrow wintering here this year, the number we have had in past years has made me curious about their behavior. Here are a
    Message 1 of 8 , Feb 28 2:00 PM
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      While Kay & I don’t have a Fox Sparrow wintering here this year, the number we have had in past years has made me curious about their behavior.  Here are a few notes that have given me a basic idea of what is going on, at least here in western Colorado:
       

      While breeding habitat and elevation of Slate-colored Fox Sparrows (Illiaca schistacia schistacea) have been studied and are relatively well known in Colorado.  There is little information though on migrant and wintering birds.  Information from Colorado birding listserves, Cobirds and Western Slope Birding Network, sheds a little light on the topic.  First, nearly all of the Fox Sparrows found in Western Colorado outside of the breeding season are Slate-colored Fox Sparrows and nearly all found in eastern Colorado are Red Fox Sparrows.  My own observations confirm that Fox Sparrows can be found in breeding areas until early September and will aggressively respond to a taped call even at that late date.  The records suggest that Fox Sparrows return to their breeding sites in mid-April to mid-May.  The following records are collected from internet postings and give a fair idea (not scientific) of how Slate-colored  Fox Sparrows move though and winter in western Colorado.

      September

      9/02/07                North Clear Creek Falls (Hinsdale) TCM  (Breeding Site)                                  9500’

      9/03/01                Como (Park)  TCM                                           (Breeding Site)                                  9800’

      9/05/09                Neversink (Gunnison)  Jason Beason      (Breeding Site)                                  7500’

      9/19/96                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

      October

      10/06/09              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird C Thru 4/09/10)                                      5850’

      10/08/11              Ouray (Ouray) Kent Nelson                                                                                         7800’

      10/17/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

      10/23/04              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird B Thru 12/26/04)                                    5850’

      November

      11/01/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

      11/04/03              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird A Thru 4/01/04)                                      5850’

      11/05/05              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

      December

      12/06/10              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

      12/14/09              Paonia (Delta) Dennis Garrison  (Thru 12/21/09)                                                                5650’

      12/20/08              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’

      12/20/09              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’

      January

      1/04/11                Hotchkiss CBC (Delta)                                                                                                     5300’

      1/05/07                Montrose (Montrose) Missy Siders         (Bird M Thru 3/05/07)                    5800’

      1/07/07                Gunnison Pleasure Park (Delta) Dennis Garrison                                                               5100’

      1/21/12                Redlands (Mesa) Larry Arnold                                                                                    4700’

      1/26/12                No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Thru 2/08/12)                                                   5850’

      February

      2/18/07                Durango (La Plata) Riley & Heather Morris            (Thru 3/03/07)                   6500’

      March

      3/02/03                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

      3/12/06                Paonia (Delta) Jason Beason                                                                                       5650’

      3/23/12                El Jebel (Garfield) Mary Harris                    (Singing Male)                                   6400’

      April

      4/04/10                Dakota (Garfield) Dick Filby                         (Thru 4/08/12)                                   6400’

      4/07/99                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

      4/13/05                Spring Park Reservoir (Eagle) Dick Filby  (Breeding Site?)                                               7500’

      4/15/10                Rio Blanco (Rio Blanco) Kim Potter            (Breeding Site?)                                               7000’

      4/22/11                North of Paonia (Gunnison) Dennis Garrison       (Breeding Site)                  8400’

      4/25/09                Rico (San Miguel) Todd Deininger             (Breeding Site)                                  8800’

      4/28/05                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

      4/30/06                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

       

      The large number of records I have recorded at No Name prejudice the data somewhat, but the other records mirror what I have found here.  The reports include at least five birds that definitely wintered in western Colorado and two others that are likely, all nearly at the same elevation.  A historic record of wintering Fox Sparrow at Glenwood Springs is listed in “Colorado Birds” (Bob & Bob) as well.  The data suggests that  migrant birds move through western Colorado at the same elevations as wintering birds, all in mid-elevation valleys with one exception.  Fall migrants are most common from mid-September until early November with many birds lingering into December ? and January??.  Spring migrants appear in early March and are seen until late April.

      More data or corrections would help a lot with this winter project!!!

       

      Tom McConnell

      Glenwood Springs

       

    • Steven Mlodinow
      Greetings I do have a question: How certain are we that these are all Slate-colored Fox Sparrows. Red Fox, of course, is possible, but so is Sooty, though such
      Message 2 of 8 , Feb 28 2:44 PM
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        Greetings

        I do have a question: How certain are we that these are all Slate-colored Fox Sparrows. Red Fox, of course, is possible, but so is Sooty, though such would be quite rare, it is far from impossible (for instance, New Hampshire has a record). 

        Best Wishes
        Steve Mlodinow
        Longmont CO


        -----Original Message-----
        From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
        To: Western Slope Birding Network <wsbn@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 3:00 pm
        Subject: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows



        While Kay & I don’t have a Fox Sparrow wintering here this year, the number we have had in past years has made me curious about their behavior.  Here are a few notes that have given me a basic idea of what is going on, at least here in western Colorado:
         
        While breeding habitat and elevation of Slate-colored Fox Sparrows (Illiaca schistacia schistacea) have been studied and are relatively well known in Colorado.  There is little information though on migrant and wintering birds.  Information from Colorado birding listserves, Cobirds and Western Slope Birding Network, sheds a little light on the topic.  First, nearly all of the Fox Sparrows found in Western Colorado outside of the breeding season are Slate-colored Fox Sparrows and nearly all found in eastern Colorado are Red Fox Sparrows.  My own observations confirm that Fox Sparrows can be found in breeding areas until early September and will aggressively respond to a taped call even at that late date.  The records suggest that Fox Sparrows return to their breeding sites in mid-April to mid-May.  The following records are collected from internet postings and give a fair idea (not scientific) of how Slate-colored  Fox Sparrows move though and winter in western Colorado.
        September
        9/02/07                North Clear Creek Falls (Hinsdale) TCM  (Breeding Site)                                  9500’
        9/03/01                Como (Park)  TCM                                           (Breeding Site)                                  9800’
        9/05/09                Neversink (Gunnison)  Jason Beason      (Breeding Site)                                  7500’
        9/19/96                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
        October
        10/06/09              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird C Thru 4/09/10)                                      5850’
        10/08/11              Ouray (Ouray) Kent Nelson                                                                                         7800’
        10/17/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
        10/23/04              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird B Thru 12/26/04)                                    5850’
        November
        11/01/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
        11/04/03              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird A Thru 4/01/04)                                      5850’
        11/05/05              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
        December
        12/06/10              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
        12/14/09              Paonia (Delta) Dennis Garrison  (Thru 12/21/09)                                                                5650’
        12/20/08              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’
        12/20/09              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’
        January
        1/04/11                Hotchkiss CBC (Delta)                                                                                                     5300’
        1/05/07                Montrose (Montrose) Missy Siders         (Bird M Thru 3/05/07)                    5800’
        1/07/07                Gunnison Pleasure Park (Delta) Dennis Garrison                                                               5100’
        1/21/12                Redlands (Mesa) Larry Arnold                                                                                    4700’
        1/26/12                No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Thru 2/08/12)                                                   5850’
        February
        2/18/07                Durango (La Plata) Riley & Heather Morris            (Thru 3/03/07)                   6500’
        March
        3/02/03                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
        3/12/06                Paonia (Delta) Jason Beason                                                                                       5650’
        3/23/12                El Jebel (Garfield) Mary Harris                    (Singing Male)                                   6400’
        April
        4/04/10                Dakota (Garfield) Dick Filby                         (Thru 4/08/12)                                   6400’
        4/07/99                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
        4/13/05                Spring Park Reservoir (Eagle) Dick Filby  (Breeding Site?)                                               7500’
        4/15/10                Rio Blanco (Rio Blanco) Kim Potter            (Breeding Site?)                                               7000’
        4/22/11                North of Paonia (Gunnison) Dennis Garrison       (Breeding Site)                  8400’
        4/25/09                Rico (San Miguel) Todd Deininger             (Breeding Site)                                  8800’
        4/28/05                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
        4/30/06                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
         
        The large number of records I have recorded at No Name prejudice the data somewhat, but the other records mirror what I have found here.  The reports include at least five birds that definitely wintered in western Colorado and two others that are likely, all nearly at the same elevation.  A historic record of wintering Fox Sparrow at Glenwood Springs is listed in “Colorado Birds” (Bob & Bob) as well.  The data suggests that  migrant birds move through western Colorado at the same elevations as wintering birds, all in mid-elevation valleys with one exception.  Fall migrants are most common from mid-September until early November with many birds lingering into December ? and January??.  Spring migrants appear in early March and are seen until late April.
        More data or corrections would help a lot with this winter project!!!
         
        Tom McConnell
        Glenwood Springs
         


      • Tom & Kay McConnell
        Hi Steve, There have been reports of Red Fox Sparrow in western CO, in Nucla and Paonia. All of the records used in my unscientific research though have been
        Message 3 of 8 , Feb 28 3:00 PM
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          Hi Steve,
           
          There have been reports of Red Fox Sparrow in western CO, in Nucla and Paonia.  All of the records used in my unscientific research though have been reported as “Gray” Fox Sparrows.  Of course one cannot be 100% certain, but playing the odds the reports should be accurate and the observers are known to be reliable.
           
          Not ruling anything out though.
           
          Tom McConnell
          Glenwood Springs
           
          of the
          Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:44 PM
          Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
           
           

          Greetings


          I do have a question: How certain are we that these are all Slate-colored Fox Sparrows. Red Fox, of course, is possible, but so is Sooty, though such would be quite rare, it is far from impossible (for instance, New Hampshire has a record).

          Best Wishes
          Steve Mlodinow
          Longmont CO


          -----Original Message-----
          From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
          To: Western Slope Birding Network <wsbn@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 3:00 pm
          Subject: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows



          While Kay & I don’t have a Fox Sparrow wintering here this year, the number we have had in past years has made me curious about their behavior.  Here are a few notes that have given me a basic idea of what is going on, at least here in western Colorado:
           
          While breeding habitat and elevation of Slate-colored Fox Sparrows (Illiaca schistacia schistacea) have been studied and are relatively well known in Colorado.  There is little information though on migrant and wintering birds.  Information from Colorado birding listserves, Cobirds and Western Slope Birding Network, sheds a little light on the topic.  First, nearly all of the Fox Sparrows found in Western Colorado outside of the breeding season are Slate-colored Fox Sparrows and nearly all found in eastern Colorado are Red Fox Sparrows.  My own observations confirm that Fox Sparrows can be found in breeding areas until early September and will aggressively respond to a taped call even at that late date.  The records suggest that Fox Sparrows return to their breeding sites in mid-April to mid-May.  The following records are collected from internet postings and give a fair idea (not scientific) of how Slate-colored  Fox Sparrows move though and winter in western Colorado.
          September
          9/02/07                North Clear Creek Falls (Hinsdale) TCM  (Breeding Site)                                  9500’
          9/03/01                Como (Park)  TCM                                           (Breeding Site)                                  9800’
          9/05/09                Neversink (Gunnison)  Jason Beason      (Breeding Site)                                  7500’
          9/19/96                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
          October
          10/06/09              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird C Thru 4/09/10)                                      5850’
          10/08/11              Ouray (Ouray) Kent Nelson                                                                                         7800’
          10/17/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
          10/23/04              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird B Thru 12/26/04)                                    5850’
          November
          11/01/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
          11/04/03              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird A Thru 4/01/04)                                      5850’
          11/05/05              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
          December
          12/06/10              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
          12/14/09              Paonia (Delta) Dennis Garrison  (Thru 12/21/09)                                                                5650’
          12/20/08              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’
          12/20/09              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’
          January
          1/04/11                Hotchkiss CBC (Delta)                                                                                                     5300’
          1/05/07                Montrose (Montrose) Missy Siders         (Bird M Thru 3/05/07)                    5800’
          1/07/07                Gunnison Pleasure Park (Delta) Dennis Garrison                                                               5100’
          1/21/12                Redlands (Mesa) Larry Arnold                                                                                    4700’
          1/26/12                No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Thru 2/08/12)                                                   5850’
          February
          2/18/07                Durango (La Plata) Riley & Heather Morris            (Thru 3/03/07)                   6500’
          March
          3/02/03                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
          3/12/06                Paonia (Delta) Jason Beason                                                                                       5650’
          3/23/12                El Jebel (Garfield) Mary Harris                    (Singing Male)                                   6400’
          April
          4/04/10                Dakota (Garfield) Dick Filby                         (Thru 4/08/12)                                   6400’
          4/07/99                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
          4/13/05                Spring Park Reservoir (Eagle) Dick Filby  (Breeding Site?)                                               7500’
          4/15/10                Rio Blanco (Rio Blanco) Kim Potter            (Breeding Site?)                                               7000’
          4/22/11                North of Paonia (Gunnison) Dennis Garrison       (Breeding Site)                  8400’
          4/25/09                Rico (San Miguel) Todd Deininger             (Breeding Site)                                  8800’
          4/28/05                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
          4/30/06                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
           
          The large number of records I have recorded at No Name prejudice the data somewhat, but the other records mirror what I have found here.  The reports include at least five birds that definitely wintered in western Colorado and two others that are likely, all nearly at the same elevation.  A historic record of wintering Fox Sparrow at Glenwood Springs is listed in “Colorado Birds” (Bob & Bob) as well.  The data suggests that  migrant birds move through western Colorado at the same elevations as wintering birds, all in mid-elevation valleys with one exception.  Fall migrants are most common from mid-September until early November with many birds lingering into December ? and January??.  Spring migrants appear in early March and are seen until late April.
          More data or corrections would help a lot with this winter project!!!
           
          Tom McConnell
          Glenwood Springs
           


        • Steven Mlodinow
          Greetings Tom I am certain that many/most/all of the birds are Slate-coloreds, but given the rarity of that taxon north of southternmost California, the
          Message 4 of 8 , Feb 28 3:22 PM
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            Greetings Tom

            I am certain that many/most/all of the birds are Slate-coloreds, but given the rarity of that taxon north of southternmost California, the chances that a Nov-Mar Fox Sparrow is something else goes up. That weirdo race altivagans would be possible (it is often lumped with SC Fox, sometimes with Red Fox, and looks like it has a bit of SC, Red, and Sooty all in one. Breeds in NE British Columbia and winters primarily in CA). So, any bird from Oct through March should be carefully scrutinized. You might find you have something truly fascinating.
            Cheers
            Steve Mlodinow
            Longmont

            -----Original Message-----
            From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
            To: wsbn <wsbn@yahoogroups.com>; Steven Mlodinow <SGMlod@...>
            Sent: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 4:00 pm
            Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows

            Hi Steve,
             
            There have been reports of Red Fox Sparrow in western CO, in Nucla and Paonia.  All of the records used in my unscientific research though have been reported as “Gray” Fox Sparrows.  Of course one cannot be 100% certain, but playing the odds the reports should be accurate and the observers are known to be reliable.
             
            Not ruling anything out though.
             
            Tom McConnell
            Glenwood Springs
             
            of the
            Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:44 PM
            Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
             
             
            Greetings

            I do have a question: How certain are we that these are all Slate-colored Fox Sparrows. Red Fox, of course, is possible, but so is Sooty, though such would be quite rare, it is far from impossible (for instance, New Hampshire has a record).

            Best Wishes
            Steve Mlodinow
            Longmont CO


            -----Original Message-----
            From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
            To: Western Slope Birding Network <wsbn@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 3:00 pm
            Subject: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows



            While Kay & I don’t have a Fox Sparrow wintering here this year, the number we have had in past years has made me curious about their behavior.  Here are a few notes that have given me a basic idea of what is going on, at least here in western Colorado:
             
            While breeding habitat and elevation of Slate-colored Fox Sparrows (Illiaca schistacia schistacea) have been studied and are relatively well known in Colorado.  There is little information though on migrant and wintering birds.  Information from Colorado birding listserves, Cobirds and Western Slope Birding Network, sheds a little light on the topic.  First, nearly all of the Fox Sparrows found in Western Colorado outside of the breeding season are Slate-colored Fox Sparrows and nearly all found in eastern Colorado are Red Fox Sparrows.  My own observations confirm that Fox Sparrows can be found in breeding areas until early September and will aggressively respond to a taped call even at that late date.  The records suggest that Fox Sparrows return to their breeding sites in mid-April to mid-May.  The following records are collected from internet postings and give a fair idea (not scientific) of how Slate-colored  Fox Sparrows move though and winter in western Colorado.
            September
            9/02/07                North Clear Creek Falls (Hinsdale) TCM  (Breeding Site)                                  9500’
            9/03/01                Como (Park)  TCM                                           (Breeding Site)                                  9800’
            9/05/09                Neversink (Gunnison)  Jason Beason      (Breeding Site)                                  7500’
            9/19/96                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
            October
            10/06/09              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird C Thru 4/09/10)                                      5850’
            10/08/11              Ouray (Ouray) Kent Nelson                                                                                         7800’
            10/17/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
            10/23/04              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird B Thru 12/26/04)                                    5850’
            November
            11/01/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
            11/04/03              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird A Thru 4/01/04)                                      5850’
            11/05/05              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
            December
            12/06/10              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
            12/14/09              Paonia (Delta) Dennis Garrison  (Thru 12/21/09)                                                                5650’
            12/20/08              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’
            12/20/09              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’
            January
            1/04/11                Hotchkiss CBC (Delta)                                                                                                     5300’
            1/05/07                Montrose (Montrose) Missy Siders         (Bird M Thru 3/05/07)                    5800’
            1/07/07                Gunnison Pleasure Park (Delta) Dennis Garrison                                                               5100’
            1/21/12                Redlands (Mesa) Larry Arnold                                                                                    4700’
            1/26/12                No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Thru 2/08/12)                                                   5850’
            February
            2/18/07                Durango (La Plata) Riley & Heather Morris            (Thru 3/03/07)                   6500’
            March
            3/02/03                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
            3/12/06                Paonia (Delta) Jason Beason                                                                                       5650’
            3/23/12                El Jebel (Garfield) Mary Harris                    (Singing Male)                                   6400’
            April
            4/04/10                Dakota (Garfield) Dick Filby                         (Thru 4/08/12)                                   6400’
            4/07/99                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
            4/13/05                Spring Park Reservoir (Eagle) Dick Filby  (Breeding Site?)                                               7500’
            4/15/10                Rio Blanco (Rio Blanco) Kim Potter            (Breeding Site?)                                               7000’
            4/22/11                North of Paonia (Gunnison) Dennis Garrison       (Breeding Site)                  8400’
            4/25/09                Rico (San Miguel) Todd Deininger             (Breeding Site)                                  8800’
            4/28/05                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
            4/30/06                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
             
            The large number of records I have recorded at No Name prejudice the data somewhat, but the other records mirror what I have found here.  The reports include at least five birds that definitely wintered in western Colorado and two others that are likely, all nearly at the same elevation.  A historic record of wintering Fox Sparrow at Glenwood Springs is listed in “Colorado Birds” (Bob & Bob) as well.  The data suggests that  migrant birds move through western Colorado at the same elevations as wintering birds, all in mid-elevation valleys with one exception.  Fall migrants are most common from mid-September until early November with many birds lingering into December ? and January??.  Spring migrants appear in early March and are seen until late April.
            More data or corrections would help a lot with this winter project!!!
             
            Tom McConnell
            Glenwood Springs
             


          • Brenda Wright
            Tom,  The only record that I have that you may have an interest is, 9 April 1989 along 25 Mesa Road southwest of Delta in Montrose County.  The male was
            Message 5 of 8 , Mar 2, 2013
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              Tom, 
              The only record that I have that you may have an interest is, 9 April 1989 along 25 Mesa Road southwest of Delta in Montrose County.  The male was singing away in a willow carr at about 7000 feet elevation.  Snow was deep and the road was closed just beyond where the sparrow was located.  This spring when I drive by the location I will get an exact elevation.
              I will scan photos and e-mail them of the Red Fox Sparrow that wintered here at our feeders in Nucla, 26 November 2003 until 18 March 2004.  Two days before he left he sang non-stop for hours at a time.  Then he was gone.
              Coen


              --- On Thu, 2/28/13, Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...> wrote:

              From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
              Subject: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
              To: "Western Slope Birding Network" <wsbn@yahoogroups.com>
              Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3:00 PM

               
              While Kay & I don’t have a Fox Sparrow wintering here this year, the number we have had in past years has made me curious about their behavior.  Here are a few notes that have given me a basic idea of what is going on, at least here in western Colorado:
               

              While breeding habitat and elevation of Slate-colored Fox Sparrows (Illiaca schistacia schistacea) have been studied and are relatively well known in Colorado.  There is little information though on migrant and wintering birds.  Information from Colorado birding listserves, Cobirds and Western Slope Birding Network, sheds a little light on the topic.  First, nearly all of the Fox Sparrows found in Western Colorado outside of the breeding season are Slate-colored Fox Sparrows and nearly all found in eastern Colorado are Red Fox Sparrows.  My own observations confirm that Fox Sparrows can be found in breeding areas until early September and will aggressively respond to a taped call even at that late date.  The records suggest that Fox Sparrows return to their breeding sites in mid-April to mid-May.  The following records are collected from internet postings and give a fair idea (not scientific) of how Slate-colored  Fox Sparrows move though and winter in western Colorado.

              September

              9/02/07                North Clear Creek Falls (Hinsdale) TCM  (Breeding Site)                                  9500’

              9/03/01                Como (Park)  TCM                                           (Breeding Site)                                  9800’

              9/05/09                Neversink (Gunnison)  Jason Beason      (Breeding Site)                                  7500’

              9/19/96                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              October

              10/06/09              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird C Thru 4/09/10)                                      5850’

              10/08/11              Ouray (Ouray) Kent Nelson                                                                                         7800’

              10/17/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              10/23/04              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird B Thru 12/26/04)                                    5850’

              November

              11/01/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              11/04/03              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird A Thru 4/01/04)                                      5850’

              11/05/05              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              December

              12/06/10              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              12/14/09              Paonia (Delta) Dennis Garrison  (Thru 12/21/09)                                                                5650’

              12/20/08              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’

              12/20/09              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’

              January

              1/04/11                Hotchkiss CBC (Delta)                                                                                                     5300’

              1/05/07                Montrose (Montrose) Missy Siders         (Bird M Thru 3/05/07)                    5800’

              1/07/07                Gunnison Pleasure Park (Delta) Dennis Garrison                                                               5100’

              1/21/12                Redlands (Mesa) Larry Arnold                                                                                    4700’

              1/26/12                No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Thru 2/08/12)                                                   5850’

              February

              2/18/07                Durango (La Plata) Riley & Heather Morris            (Thru 3/03/07)                   6500’

              March

              3/02/03                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              3/12/06                Paonia (Delta) Jason Beason                                                                                       5650’

              3/23/12                El Jebel (Garfield) Mary Harris                    (Singing Male)                                   6400’

              April

              4/04/10                Dakota (Garfield) Dick Filby                         (Thru 4/08/12)                                   6400’

              4/07/99                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              4/13/05                Spring Park Reservoir (Eagle) Dick Filby  (Breeding Site?)                                               7500’

              4/15/10                Rio Blanco (Rio Blanco) Kim Potter            (Breeding Site?)                                               7000’

              4/22/11                North of Paonia (Gunnison) Dennis Garrison       (Breeding Site)                  8400’

              4/25/09                Rico (San Miguel) Todd Deininger             (Breeding Site)                                  8800’

              4/28/05                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              4/30/06                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

               

              The large number of records I have recorded at No Name prejudice the data somewhat, but the other records mirror what I have found here.  The reports include at least five birds that definitely wintered in western Colorado and two others that are likely, all nearly at the same elevation.  A historic record of wintering Fox Sparrow at Glenwood Springs is listed in “Colorado Birds” (Bob & Bob) as well.  The data suggests that  migrant birds move through western Colorado at the same elevations as wintering birds, all in mid-elevation valleys with one exception.  Fall migrants are most common from mid-September until early November with many birds lingering into December ? and January??.  Spring migrants appear in early March and are seen until late April.

              More data or corrections would help a lot with this winter project!!!

               

              Tom McConnell

              Glenwood Springs

               

            • Brenda Wright
              Greetings,  As far as I know there are only three Red Fox Sparrow records in western Colorado.  The records I know about; 6-8 November 2000 in Ouray, Ouray
              Message 6 of 8 , Mar 3, 2013
              Greetings, 
              As far as I know there are only three "Red" Fox Sparrow records in western Colorado.  The records I know about; 6-8 November 2000 in Ouray, Ouray County, Levad and Leukering; 26 November 2003 until 18 March 2004 in Nucla, Montrose County, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright, photo attached; and 9-23 December 2009 in Paonia, Delta County, Dennis Garrison and has great photos.
              In the attached photo maybe experts can tell as to which subspecies the "red" Fox Sparrow belongs. 
              Coen
              --- On Sat, 3/2/13, Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...> wrote:

              From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
              Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
              To: "Brenda Wright" <coenbrenda@...>
              Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 4:54 PM

              Thx Coen,
               
              Sounds as if the 25 Mesa Road bird was on territory and earlier than I would have suspected.  Elevation is probably OK as we have had nesting birds along the Roaring Fork.  The El Jebel Fox Sparrow started singing on March 23rd and stayed for the summer at 6400’.
               
              Tom
               
               
              Sent: Saturday, March 02, 2013 10:18 AM
              Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
               
               

              9/05/09                Neversink (Gunnison)  Jason Beason      (Breeding Site)                                  7500’

              9/19/96                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              October

              10/06/09              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird C Thru 4/09/10)                                      5850’

              10/08/11              Ouray (Ouray) Kent Nelson                                                                                         7800’

              10/17/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              10/23/04              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird B Thru 12/26/04)                                    5850’

              November

              11/01/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              11/04/03              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird A Thru 4/01/04)                                      5850’

              11/05/05              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              December

              12/06/10              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              12/14/09              Paonia (Delta) Dennis Garrison  (Thru 12/21/09)                                                                5650’

              12/20/08              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’

              12/20/09              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’

              January

              1/04/11                Hotchkiss CBC (Delta)                                                                                                     5300’

              1/05/07                Montrose (Montrose) Missy Siders         (Bird M Thru 3/05/07)                    5800’

              1/07/07                Gunnison Pleasure Park (Delta) Dennis Garrison                                                               5100’

              1/21/12                Redlands (Mesa) Larry Arnold                                                                                    4700’

              1/26/12                No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Thru 2/08/12)                                                   5850’

              February

              2/18/07                Durango (La Plata) Riley & Heather Morris            (Thru 3/03/07)                   6500’

              March

              3/02/03                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              3/12/06                Paonia (Delta) Jason Beason                                                                                       5650’

              3/23/12                El Jebel (Garfield) Mary Harris                    (Singing Male)                                   6400’

              April

              4/04/10                Dakota (Garfield) Dick Filby                         (Thru 4/08/12)                                   6400’

              4/07/99                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              4/13/05                Spring Park Reservoir (Eagle) Dick Filby  (Breeding Site?)                                               7500’

              4/15/10                Rio Blanco (Rio Blanco) Kim Potter            (Breeding Site?)                                               7000’

              4/22/11                North of Paonia (Gunnison) Dennis Garrison       (Breeding Site)                  8400’

              4/25/09                Rico (San Miguel) Todd Deininger             (Breeding Site)                                  8800’

              4/28/05                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              4/30/06                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

              The large number of records I have recorded at No Name prejudice the data somewhat, but the other records mirror what I have found here.  The reports include at least five birds that definitely wintered in western Colorado and two others that are likely, all nearly at the same elevation.  A historic record of wintering Fox Sparrow at Glenwood Springs is listed in “Colorado Birds” (Bob & Bob) as well.  The data suggests that  migrant birds move through western Colorado at the same elevations as wintering birds, all in mid-elevation valleys with one exception.  Fall migrants are most common from mid-September until early November with many birds lingering into December ? and January??.  Spring migrants appear in early March and are seen until late April.

              More data or corrections would help a lot with this winter project!!!

              Tom McConnell

              Glenwood Springs

               

              Tom, 
              The only record that I have that you may have an interest is, 9 April 1989 along 25 Mesa Road southwest of Delta in Montrose County.  The male was singing away in a willow carr at about 7000 feet elevation.  Snow was deep and the road was closed just beyond where the sparrow was located.  This spring when I drive by the location I will get an exact elevation.
              I will scan photos and e-mail them of the Red Fox Sparrow that wintered here at our feeders in Nucla, 26 November 2003 until 18 March 2004.  Two days before he left he sang non-stop for hours at a time.  Then he was gone.
              Coen


              --- On Thu, 2/28/13, Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...> wrote:

              From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
              Subject: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
              To: "Western Slope Birding Network" <wsbn@yahoogroups.com>
              Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3:00 PM

               
              While Kay & I don’t have a Fox Sparrow wintering here this year, the number we have had in past years has made me curious about their behavior.  Here are a few notes that have given me a basic idea of what is going on, at least here in western Colorado:
               

              While breeding habitat and elevation of Slate-colored Fox Sparrows (Illiaca schistacia schistacea) have been studied and are relatively well known in Colorado.  There is little information though on migrant and wintering birds.  Information from Colorado birding listserves, Cobirds and Western Slope Birding Network, sheds a little light on the topic.  First, nearly all of the Fox Sparrows found in Western Colorado outside of the breeding season are Slate-colored Fox Sparrows and nearly all found in eastern Colorado are Red Fox Sparrows.  My own observations confirm that Fox Sparrows can be found in breeding areas until early September and will aggressively respond to a taped call even at that late date.  The records suggest that Fox Sparrows return to their breeding sites in mid-April to mid-May.  The following records are collected from internet postings and give a fair idea (not scientific) of how Slate-colored  Fox Sparrows move though and winter in western Colorado.

              September

              9/02/07                North Clear Creek Falls (Hinsdale) TCM  (Breeding Site)                                  9500’

              9/03/01                Como (Park)  TCM                                           (Breeding Site)                                  9800’

            • Dennis Garrison
              My 12/09 red fox sparrow photos are at:
              Message 7 of 8 , Mar 3, 2013
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                My 12/09 red fox sparrow photos are at:
                 
                http://s283.beta.photobucket.com/user/Paoniabirds/library/#/user/Paoniabirds/library/2009?&_suid=136237020808608530559579860586
                 
                scroll down, the pics are in roughly AOU species order (so most of the way to the bottom), then click on a thumbnail to enlarge.
                 
                I have fox sparrow habitat north of Paonia that I have never paid much attention to prior to May or so.  I may have to check it out in March this spring and will let you know if I hear or see anything.  Depends on the rain and snow in the next few weeks how much I could access.


                Dennis Garrison

                 

                To: immac@...
                CC: wsbn@yahoogroups.com
                From: coenbrenda@...
                Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:32:30 -0800
                Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows [1 Attachment]

                 
                [Attachment(s) from Brenda Wright included below]
                Greetings, 
                As far as I know there are only three "Red" Fox Sparrow records in western Colorado.  The records I know about; 6-8 November 2000 in Ouray, Ouray County, Levad and Leukering; 26 November 2003 until 18 March 2004 in Nucla, Montrose County, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright, photo attached; and 9-23 December 2009 in Paonia, Delta County, Dennis Garrison and has great photos.
                In the attached photo maybe experts can tell as to which subspecies the "red" Fox Sparrow belongs. 
                Coen
                --- On Sat, 3/2/13, Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...> wrote:

                From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
                Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
                To: "Brenda Wright" <coenbrenda@...>
                Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 4:54 PM

                Thx Coen,
                 
                Sounds as if the 25 Mesa Road bird was on territory and earlier than I would have suspected.  Elevation is probably OK as we have had nesting birds along the Roaring Fork.  The El Jebel Fox Sparrow started singing on March 23rd and stayed for the summer at 6400’.
                 
                Tom
                 
                 
                Sent: Saturday, March 02, 2013 10:18 AM
                Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
                 
                 
                Tom, 
                The only record that I have that you may have an interest is, 9 April 1989 along 25 Mesa Road southwest of Delta in Montrose County.  The male was singing away in a willow carr at about 7000 feet elevation.  Snow was deep and the road was closed just beyond where the sparrow was located.  This spring when I drive by the location I will get an exact elevation.
                I will scan photos and e-mail them of the Red Fox Sparrow that wintered here at our feeders in Nucla, 26 November 2003 until 18 March 2004.  Two days before he left he sang non-stop for hours at a time.  Then he was gone.
                Coen


                --- On Thu, 2/28/13, Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...> wrote:

                From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
                Subject: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
                To: "Western Slope Birding Network" <wsbn@yahoogroups.com>
                Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3:00 PM

                 
                While Kay & I don’t have a Fox Sparrow wintering here this year, the number we have had in past years has made me curious about their behavior.  Here are a few notes that have given me a basic idea of what is going on, at least here in western Colorado:
                 

                While breeding habitat and elevation of Slate-colored Fox Sparrows (Illiaca schistacia schistacea) have been studied and are relatively well known in Colorado.  There is little information though on migrant and wintering birds.  Information from Colorado birding listserves, Cobirds and Western Slope Birding Network, sheds a little light on the topic.  First, nearly all of the Fox Sparrows found in Western Colorado outside of the breeding season are Slate-colored Fox Sparrows and nearly all found in eastern Colorado are Red Fox Sparrows.  My own observations confirm that Fox Sparrows can be found in breeding areas until early September and will aggressively respond to a taped call even at that late date.  The records suggest that Fox Sparrows return to their breeding sites in mid-April to mid-May.  The following records are collected from internet postings and give a fair idea (not scientific) of how Slate-colored  Fox Sparrows move though and winter in western Colorado.

                September

                9/02/07                North Clear Creek Falls (Hinsdale) TCM  (Breeding Site)                                  9500’

                9/03/01                Como (Park)  TCM                                           (Breeding Site)                                  9800’

                9/05/09                Neversink (Gunnison)  Jason Beason      (Breeding Site)                                  7500’

                9/19/96                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

                October

                10/06/09              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird C Thru 4/09/10)                                      5850’

                10/08/11              Ouray (Ouray) Kent Nelson                                                                                         7800’

                10/17/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

                10/23/04              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird B Thru 12/26/04)                                    5850’

                November

                11/01/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

                11/04/03              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird A Thru 4/01/04)                                      5850’

                11/05/05              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

                December

                12/06/10              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

                12/14/09              Paonia (Delta) Dennis Garrison  (Thru 12/21/09)                                                                5650’

                12/20/08              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’

                12/20/09              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’

                January

                1/04/11                Hotchkiss CBC (Delta)                                                                                                     5300’

                1/05/07                Montrose (Montrose) Missy Siders         (Bird M Thru 3/05/07)                    5800’

                1/07/07                Gunnison Pleasure Park (Delta) Dennis Garrison                                                               5100’

                1/21/12                Redlands (Mesa) Larry Arnold                                                                                    4700’

                1/26/12                No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Thru 2/08/12)                                                   5850’

                February

                2/18/07                Durango (La Plata) Riley & Heather Morris            (Thru 3/03/07)                   6500’

                March

                3/02/03                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

                3/12/06                Paonia (Delta) Jason Beason                                                                                       5650’

                3/23/12                El Jebel (Garfield) Mary Harris                    (Singing Male)                                   6400’

                April

                4/04/10                Dakota (Garfield) Dick Filby                         (Thru 4/08/12)                                   6400’

                4/07/99                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

                4/13/05                Spring Park Reservoir (Eagle) Dick Filby  (Breeding Site?)                                               7500’

                4/15/10                Rio Blanco (Rio Blanco) Kim Potter            (Breeding Site?)                                               7000’

                4/22/11                North of Paonia (Gunnison) Dennis Garrison       (Breeding Site)                  8400’

                4/25/09                Rico (San Miguel) Todd Deininger             (Breeding Site)                                  8800’

                4/28/05                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

                4/30/06                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’

                The large number of records I have recorded at No Name prejudice the data somewhat, but the other records mirror what I have found here.  The reports include at least five birds that definitely wintered in western Colorado and two others that are likely, all nearly at the same elevation.  A historic record of wintering Fox Sparrow at Glenwood Springs is listed in “Colorado Birds” (Bob & Bob) as well.  The data suggests that  migrant birds move through western Colorado at the same elevations as wintering birds, all in mid-elevation valleys with one exception.  Fall migrants are most common from mid-September until early November with many birds lingering into December ? and January??.  Spring migrants appear in early March and are seen until late April.

                More data or corrections would help a lot with this winter project!!!

                Tom McConnell

                Glenwood Springs

                 


              • Steven Mlodinow
                Greetings Sweet Red Fox Sparrow... Steve M ... From: Brenda Wright To: Tom & Kay McConnell Cc: wsbn wsbn
                Message 8 of 8 , Mar 3, 2013
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                  Greetings

                  Sweet Red Fox Sparrow...
                  Steve M

                  -----Original Message-----
                  From: Brenda Wright <coenbrenda@...>
                  To: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
                  Cc: wsbn wsbn <wsbn@yahoogroups.com>
                  Sent: Sun, Mar 3, 2013 8:32 pm
                  Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows [1 Attachment]

                  [Attachment(s) from Brenda Wright included below]

                  Greetings, 
                  As far as I know there are only three "Red" Fox Sparrow records in western Colorado.  The records I know about; 6-8 November 2000 in Ouray, Ouray County, Levad and Leukering; 26 November 2003 until 18 March 2004 in Nucla, Montrose County, Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright, photo attached; and 9-23 December 2009 in Paonia, Delta County, Dennis Garrison and has great photos.
                  In the attached photo maybe experts can tell as to which subspecies the "red" Fox Sparrow belongs. 
                  Coen
                  --- On Sat, 3/2/13, Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...> wrote:

                  From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
                  Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
                  To: "Brenda Wright" <coenbrenda@...>
                  Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 4:54 PM

                  Thx Coen,
                   
                  Sounds as if the 25 Mesa Road bird was on territory and earlier than I would have suspected.  Elevation is probably OK as we have had nesting birds along the Roaring Fork.  The El Jebel Fox Sparrow started singing on March 23rd and stayed for the summer at 6400’.
                   
                  Tom
                   
                   
                  Sent: Saturday, March 02, 2013 10:18 AM
                  Subject: Re: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
                   
                   
                  Tom, 
                  The only record that I have that you may have an interest is, 9 April 1989 along 25 Mesa Road southwest of Delta in Montrose County.  The male was singing away in a willow carr at about 7000 feet elevation.  Snow was deep and the road was closed just beyond where the sparrow was located.  This spring when I drive by the location I will get an exact elevation.
                  I will scan photos and e-mail them of the Red Fox Sparrow that wintered here at our feeders in Nucla, 26 November 2003 until 18 March 2004.  Two days before he left he sang non-stop for hours at a time.  Then he was gone.
                  Coen


                  --- On Thu, 2/28/13, Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...> wrote:

                  From: Tom & Kay McConnell <immac@...>
                  Subject: [wsbn] Thoughts on Fox Sparrows
                  To: "Western Slope Birding Network" <wsbn@yahoogroups.com>
                  Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3:00 PM

                   
                  While Kay & I don’t have a Fox Sparrow wintering here this year, the number we have had in past years has made me curious about their behavior.  Here are a few notes that have given me a basic idea of what is going on, at least here in western Colorado:
                   
                  While breeding habitat and elevation of Slate-colored Fox Sparrows (Illiaca schistacia schistacea) have been studied and are relatively well known in Colorado.  There is little information though on migrant and wintering birds.  Information from Colorado birding listserves, Cobirds and Western Slope Birding Network, sheds a little light on the topic.  First, nearly all of the Fox Sparrows found in Western Colorado outside of the breeding season are Slate-colored Fox Sparrows and nearly all found in eastern Colorado are Red Fox Sparrows.  My own observations confirm that Fox Sparrows can be found in breeding areas until early September and will aggressively respond to a taped call even at that late date.  The records suggest that Fox Sparrows return to their breeding sites in mid-April to mid-May.  The following records are collected from internet postings and give a fair idea (not scientific) of how Slate-colored  Fox Sparrows move though and winter in western Colorado.
                  September
                  9/02/07                North Clear Creek Falls (Hinsdale) TCM  (Breeding Site)                                  9500’
                  9/03/01                Como (Park)  TCM                                           (Breeding Site)                                  9800’
                  9/05/09                Neversink (Gunnison)  Jason Beason      (Breeding Site)                                  7500’
                  9/19/96                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
                  October
                  10/06/09              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird C Thru 4/09/10)                                      5850’
                  10/08/11              Ouray (Ouray) Kent Nelson                                                                                         7800’
                  10/17/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
                  10/23/04              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird B Thru 12/26/04)                                    5850’
                  November
                  11/01/98              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
                  11/04/03              No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Bird A Thru 4/01/04)                                      5850’
                  11/05/05              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
                  December
                  12/06/10              No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
                  12/14/09              Paonia (Delta) Dennis Garrison  (Thru 12/21/09)                                                                5650’
                  12/20/08              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’
                  12/20/09              Montrose CBC (Montrose)                                                                                          5800’
                  January
                  1/04/11                Hotchkiss CBC (Delta)                                                                                                     5300’
                  1/05/07                Montrose (Montrose) Missy Siders         (Bird M Thru 3/05/07)                    5800’
                  1/07/07                Gunnison Pleasure Park (Delta) Dennis Garrison                                                               5100’
                  1/21/12                Redlands (Mesa) Larry Arnold                                                                                    4700’
                  1/26/12                No Name (Garfield) TCM              (Thru 2/08/12)                                                   5850’
                  February
                  2/18/07                Durango (La Plata) Riley & Heather Morris            (Thru 3/03/07)                   6500’
                  March
                  3/02/03                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
                  3/12/06                Paonia (Delta) Jason Beason                                                                                       5650’
                  3/23/12                El Jebel (Garfield) Mary Harris                    (Singing Male)                                   6400’
                  April
                  4/04/10                Dakota (Garfield) Dick Filby                         (Thru 4/08/12)                                   6400’
                  4/07/99                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
                  4/13/05                Spring Park Reservoir (Eagle) Dick Filby  (Breeding Site?)                                               7500’
                  4/15/10                Rio Blanco (Rio Blanco) Kim Potter            (Breeding Site?)                                               7000’
                  4/22/11                North of Paonia (Gunnison) Dennis Garrison       (Breeding Site)                  8400’
                  4/25/09                Rico (San Miguel) Todd Deininger             (Breeding Site)                                  8800’
                  4/28/05                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
                  4/30/06                No Name (Garfield) TCM                                                                                              5850’
                  The large number of records I have recorded at No Name prejudice the data somewhat, but the other records mirror what I have found here.  The reports include at least five birds that definitely wintered in western Colorado and two others that are likely, all nearly at the same elevation.  A historic record of wintering Fox Sparrow at Glenwood Springs is listed in “Colorado Birds” (Bob & Bob) as well.  The data suggests that  migrant birds move through western Colorado at the same elevations as wintering birds, all in mid-elevation valleys with one exception.  Fall migrants are most common from mid-September until early November with many birds lingering into December ? and January??.  Spring migrants appear in early March and are seen until late April.
                  More data or corrections would help a lot with this winter project!!!
                  Tom McConnell
                  Glenwood Springs
                   

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