Date: 10/1/17 2:15 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Lewis's Woodpecker near Jefferson, Marion County
Bob Altman and I checked for LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS in some areas with older oaks this morning, mainly in the Jefferson area of southwest Marion County. We didn't find any at one private oak savanna site that's been reliable in the past decade (upward of 20 one year after a burn). However we finally saw one along Wintercreek Rd. about a half mile west of Parrish Gap Rd.
We saw good numbers of LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS (the latter were mostly hatch-year birds), and a couple of SOOTY FOX SPARROWS.
In addition we saw a group of four SAVANNAH SPARROWS that looked very different from the ones that nest in our region. They had very extensive pale yellow on the face (including the submoustachial and supraloral tracts), and pronounced rufous in the wings.
We ran into a few flocks of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. Of the ones that I saw well, all seemed to be Audubon's form. One of these flocks along Summit Loop Rd. was feeding alongside WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, one of which harassed a female HOUSE SPARROW, pecking her on the head.