Date: 1/24/17 3:13 pm
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: 20 sparrow species yesterday, Monday Jan 23, 2017, in Central Texas (Austin area)
Impressive accomplishment, Byron! Sounds like a field trip for a 2018 TOS
Peter Barnes

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC <
<dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

> Hi Texbirders,
> Yesterday was an absolutely glorious day to be outside in central Texas
> and I was able to finally accomplish a long-cherished private goal of
> seeing all 20 regularly-occurring winter sparrow species of central Texas
> in a single calendar day.
> I didn't start the day with that in mind, but was headed over to Alligator
> Prairie, a private property in southwestern Milam County, to try to
> photograph an American Woodcock which had been observed on the Granger CBC
> 3 weeks previously. No luck photographing the woodcock, but we had such an
> abundance and variety of sparrows, that I was up to 15 species before the
> morning was over, including several of the harder ones (Eastern Towhee,
> Grasshopper, LeConte's and Swamp Sparrow), and I couldn't help thinking,
> "this might be the day for 20."
> Fortunately I had no pressing work obligations, so after a brief stop at
> the office and then home for lunch, I headed out to Pace Bend Park in
> western Travis County to see if I could find Lark and Chipping Sparrow and
> the 3 "plateau specialties," Black-throated and Rufous-crowned Sparrows and
> Canyon Towhee.
> A pair of Canyon Towhees and a Black-throated Sparrow obliged at the first
> stop, and then I started to sweat, wondering if I would be able to find the
> others before darkness intervened. Finally, I found a cooperative pair of
> RC Sparrows, so was up to 18 for the day, which I have done on several
> occasions. I knew there were a couple of small flocks of Lark Sparrows out
> here this winter, but they move around a bit, so I wasn't sure I could get
> them, and on my last trip here in early December I had seen exactly 1
> Chipping Sparrow in 4 hours, so I knew they weren't guaranteed.
> Finally, I pushed and owl-whistled a small flock of birds and in came a
> small band of Larkies for #19.
> And then I spotted not one, but two first-winter Chipping Sparrows for my
> 20th sparrow species of the day.
> Mission accomplished!
> I have had 19 sparrow species in a single day on at least 2 occasions over
> the last decade, but never before have I had 20.
> Following is the sparrow list for the day, and mention of whether I was
> able to photograph it or not (I think I got 10 species photographed, but I
> wasn't really trying early on).
> Grasshopper Sparrow - 2 Milam
> LeConte's Sparrow - 1 (ph) Milam
> Chipping Sparrow - 2 (ph) Travis
> Field Sparrow - 8 Milam
> Black-throated Sparrow - 4 (ph) Travis
> Lark Sparrow - 6 (ph) Travis
> Fox Sparrow - 1 (ph) Milam
> Dark-eyed Junco - 2 (ph) Milam
> White-crowned Sparrow - 7 Milam
> White-throated Sparrow - 25+ Milam
> Harris's Sparrow - 3 Milam
> Vesper Sparrow - 4 Milam
> Savannah Sparrow - 75+, county roads in Milam and Williamson
> Song Sparrow - 22 (ph) Milam
> Lincoln's Sparrow - 10 (ph) both locations
> Swamp Sparrow - 2 Milam
> Canyon Towhee - 9 (ph) Travis
> Rufous-crowned Sparrow - 3 (ph) Travis
> Spotted Towhee - 3 both locations
> Eastern Towhee - 2 (ph) Milam
> Many thanks to Nancy Webber for allowing access to her property in Milam
> County.
> It was a great day to be a Sparrowhawk!
> Byron Stone, Austin
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