Date: 12/5/18 11:38 pm
From: Jamie Simmons <sapsuckers...>
Subject: [obol] Re: "Rare" Song Sparrows in Oregon - photos requested in eBird
Russ and all,

See the similar bird I photographed at Benson Pond in 2015 in this eBird

Jamie Simmons

On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 12:01 PM Russ Namitz <namitzr...> wrote:

> Although ID is still being researched, I validated the following report so
> that the public could view these photos.
> Earlier I talked about subspecies and subspecific groups in eBird while
> using SONG SPARROW as an example. As a quick aside, I don't think it
> matters too much if one uses the general name like SONG SPARROW or the
> subspecies/subspecific group that is known to breed in a particular area
> (e.g. SONG SPARROW (heermanni Group) for Brookings, OR). It really does't
> make the "data" stronger by stating the known breeding subspecies group.
> The trouble and where it DOES matter is where the zone of overlap happens
> and observers start *assuming* subspecies/subspecific group. Somewhere
> along the southcentral Oregon coast, the SONG SPARROW (rufina Group) and
> the SONG SPARROW (heermanni Group) overlap. I suspect that it happens in
> Coos County, but it may be further north or possibly even south. I honestly
> have not researched enough and it is out of my area of expertise at the
> moment.
> But that brings me to the eBird link above. I think that this SONG SPARROW
> belongs to the Central/Eastern US subspecific group of SONG SPARROW
> (melodia/atlantica)....and that perhaps it is the first photo documented
> record for Oregon. However, it was brought to my attention that Jim
> Hardman & Phil Redlinger photographed a very similar individual on Nov 30th
> while searching for the Lane County Harris's Sparrow (OBOL message on
> 11/30/2018).
> Anyway, kind of my whole point is that I am very guilty of just passing
> over Song Sparrows and that, from now on, I will be taking a closer look,
> especially in winter and look for the variety that might be out there.
> Cheers,
> Russ Namitz
> Coos/Curry/Grant/Harney eBird Reviewer

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