Date: 2/25/17 1:44 pm From: Roy Gerig <roygerig...> Subject: [obol] 12 or more Millersberg (Linn Co) CHIPPING SPARROWS, possible American Tree Sparrow 2/25/17
On the way to visit my Mom in Albany I went to look for the American Tree Sparrow Mark saw yesterday. That little stretch of Conser Rd has very narrow shoulder and a steep suicide ditch. Three small streets come out there from the right as you go west from Millersberg. They are Bain, Amanda, Waverly, and these are short blocks so it is a small area, with a nice hedgerow of wild rose, and small maybe hawthorns or other woody shrubs/small trees.
I quickly saw what I think was the ATSP near the same spot at the end of Waverly from yesterday, I couldn't see it as well as I would have liked from my car on Conser Rd, the light was not good and I needed to get off the road right quick. By the time I could find a place to sort of park and get out to walk back, I saw 3 Bright CHIPPING SPARROWS, near the end of Amanda. Then near some feeders first house along Amanda I saw 4 CHSP clearly a different group. A little later near the end of Bain, near a lot of chickens in a yard with a lot of crowned sparrows and more CHSP I saw at least 5 CHSP, clearly a different group. No doubt on any of the CHSP, at least 12 and almost surely more than that. All were in nice breeding plumage, rufous crowns split down the middle, dark not rufous line through the eye, lower mandible pinkish not bright yellow, tiny birds compared to crowned sparrows same spot. This is early for CHSP migrants I guess, but so is everything else these days, and besides that, there they were.
I'll go back tomorrow morning, maybe take Jim Kopitzke along, and see if we can get a better look at a Tree Sparrow...From this morning, how unlikely a scenario was that?