Date: 7/20/17 6:17 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Sparrow ID "quiz" redux
Sorry for a somewhat disappointing end to this "quiz." I hoped that I'd be able to supply a more definitive answer based on a follow-up visit, but, well, ... nest predation sometimes happens.
This particular site had two Vesper Sparrow nests fail due to predation, within 50 m or so of where we found this nest which I *think* belonged to a Song Sparrow. Location, location, location, as realtors famously like to say.
But just to give more of a sense of the nest situation, here's an uncropped version of the same photo that I posted earlier (downscaled in terms of resolution).
This was as good as I could get with the zoom lens and misbehaving auto-focus on my Nikon Coolpix L840. I sure do miss my old Canon AE-1 and the Tamron zoom lens that I jammed in a minor fall back in 1987 while doing a bit of no-gear rock-climbing to get what I still regard as one of my best photos, of a tenacious young Douglas-fir growing out of a 70+ degree rock slope with Liberty Bell (in the North Cascades) in the background. That was the last time I did any serious photography.
I really miss having a camera with full manual focus. I have no doubt I could have gotten much better photos of this bird on the nest, with my old AE-1 and lens. But I sure don't miss the film-developing costs!
Anyway, this photo shows more of the nest situation, in a clump of non-native grass.The bird is just below dead-center. You can see her eye if you look closely.
Happy birding, Joel -- Joel Geier Camp Adair area north of Corvallis