Date: 4/7/17 1:09 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] More Vesper Sparrows and Chipping Sparrows in northern Benton Co.
At a monitoring site in northern Benton County yesterday (6 Apr) I came across 5 or 6 more VESPER SPARROWS, plus a flock of 8 or more CHIPPING SPARROWS. It was fun to see that many Chipping Sparrows all in breeding plumage, hopping along and feeding in a group.
I didn't see any territorial behavior or hear any singing in the brief time while I was there, so my guess is that these birds just arrived and need to restore their energy reserves before they get serious about staking out nesting territories. None of the Vesper Sparrows was banded so far as I could see.