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Bolsa Chica Sparrow Help

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Date: May

Bolsa Chica (Orange County, CA)

 

I reviewed the Bolsa Chica Bird checklist (for spring/Summer) and Belding's Savannah Sparrows were abundant, White-crowned were abundant with Song Sparrows being common, and Common Savannah Sparrows being fairly common.  

 

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White crowned are abundant? Now? I think there's an error there somewhere as they have been gone from this area for quite some time. I go there pretty frequently and haven't seen one for ages:)

 

Anyway, I will warn you I am terrible with sparrows. So don't rest your laurels on my opinion:)

 

Photo 1: Belding's (striping is heavy and dark, short tail, smallish bill)

Photo 2: Pass

Photo 3: Belding's or Savannah

Photo 4: Pass, but not song... tail is too short.

 

Those are my guesses.

 

Edit to add that I rely a lot on Song's vocalizations because I'm terrible at visual differences in some of the sparrows. 

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two looks good for Brewer's

I just looked at e-Bird on the Brewer's for this location. There have only been four reports (of one or two birds) since 1994, so I have a feeling that isn't what that bird is. I mean, it COULD be...

 

Bolsa Chica is extremely heavily used by birders so I would think were they there, someone would have seen them. It seems a little late for any migration?

 

I dunno. Just putting this out there.

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I just looked at e-Bird on the Brewer's for this location. There have only been four reports (of one or two birds) since 1994, so I have a feeling that isn't what that bird is. I mean, it COULD be...

 

Bolsa Chica is extremely heavily used by birders so I would think were they there, someone would have seen them. It seems a little late for any migration?

 

I dunno. Just putting this out there.

then it's probably not a Brewer's, maybe a CC, it's just that strong white malar....

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CC is Clay-colored ;)  :P

 

Ya, I know... ;), but I was the first one to read the topic, and I was going to write Clay-coloured for the 2nd one. Then I realized it was in the west, and I reconsidered writing that. Because if it weren't a Clay Coloured, I would look like an idiot  :D . So now that you suggested that, I agree with Clay coloured (CC)  :) .

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#2 is very interesting, and my first thought was a Clay-colored Sparrow, which is a very good bird for So Cal.

 

Any other pictures, especially of the back of the head?

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I'd like to see another shot, if available, of no. 2, just for good measure.

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#2 being a Clay-colored sparrow  would be an awesome bird for the coast of Southern California at any time of the year. It does look like they winter in the central and southern Baja Peninsula, which matches the Bolsa Chica western location, but this bird would have unlike Bugs Bunny not "made a wrong turn at Albuquerque", it would have had to made a wrong turn on the way to Albuquerque in order to end up at Huntington Beach, CA (Bolsa Chica). Certainly not impossible, but highly improbable in my opinion. However this same location had Reddish Egrets in the winter which I saw and photographed and had verfified as such, so I guess anything is possible, especially since Reddish Egrets also have that central and southern Baja Peninsula thing going on with them as well..

 

At the same time the practical boring part of me is asking  all sparrow experts what looks like a Clay-colored sparrow but isn't?

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According to eBird, Clay-colored has never been recorded at Bolsa Chica (Reddish Egret has recently become a regular species there, though).

 

IMO, it's a strange Savannah, but I'd still like to see if any more shots, if available.

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No streaking below, a classic Clay-colored face pattern, distinct eye-ring? I can't see this as a Savannah. Clay-colored isn't listed on the California review list, and e-bird shows a lot of records for the LA area, including this May.

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It's very dark for a Clay-colored, particularly around the loral area, and has a seemingly short tail. Streaking is minimal, but present.

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Zooming in, I still don't see streaking, just mussed feathers. I'll grant that the lores do seem a bit dark, but the clean gray nape doesn't fit Savannah, and the mustache stripe doesn't seem thick enough. I don't think we can see the tail length well enough to use it, given the foreshortening at that angle. I'll gladly second the call for additional photos, in any case.

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Given the healthy debate on Clay-Colored I won't count it. Thanks for all of the insights.   Unfortunately I didn't have a second photo. I did happen to capture a photo of a Reddish Egret also taken at Bolsa Chica as mentioned previously by DHS Birdman.

 

 

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