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Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (4)
- Reported Oct 21, 2018 09:13 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803 - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49355631 - Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Spizellas with pale lores, strongly contrasting facial markings, and unstreaked gray nape that contrasted with buffy breast. On my way up the canyon, I had one at the beach and then two at the upper campground in the same view. When I got back to the beach, I had two in the same view. To rule out I had not double counted, I walked back up to the upper campground and had one bird. Unless the fourth bird moved between the beach and upper campground, which I highly doubt, there were a total of four clay-colored sparrows.
One bird near the beach was markedly more contrasting than the other, but had a grayer breast. The other bird near the beach had more buffy tones and was extremely confiding; it would actually land within 5 feet of me to forage, offering great views and opportunities to study it."