Date: 6/30/19 5:37 pm
From: Megan Miller <megan.k.miller2473...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Timberline Sparrow ??
Here is a blog post about them from 2014 which includes songs.

http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/4764

On Sun, Jun 30, 2019, 4:42 PM Robert Righter <rorighter...>
wrote:

> Hi
>
> Just reading *Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America
> (2019) *by Rick Wright*, a*pparently on page 321, Timberline Sparrow
> (Spizella Taverneri), previously a subspecies of the Brewer’s Sparrow has
> been elevated to a species. A brief search of the internet didn’t produce
> any information to this effect so I’m not sure how this subspecies gained
> species status.
>
> Here is what is stated in reference to Colorado; *Still mysterious is the
> summer occurrence of Timberline-like sparrows in suitable breeding habitat
> at high elevations in the Colorado Rockies; it is not certain whether these
> birds are in fact Timberline Sparrows—or the altitudinal range of the
> Brewer Sparrow…*
>
> If this information is true the Timberline Sparrow would automatically
> ascend to first place as being the most difficult species to identify in
> Colorado if not for North America.
>
> Anyone have any more information about the Timberline Sparrow status?
>
> Bob Righter
> Denver CO
>
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