Date: 10/6/19 9:43 pm From: Pete Sole <pete...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Brewers, Clay-colored, Chipping Photos
This morning I briefly got poor views of the Spizella Sparrows at the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz. I went back around 4:30pm and was lucky enough to see and take photo studies of BREWER'S SPARROW , CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and CHIPPING SPARROWS.
I was particularly happy with the BREWER'S SPARROW since this was a county bird. Sorting these guys out in the field was not easy for me. Even at home studying still images, I went back and forth on the above id's. Subtle lighting differences make for some interesting comparisons. That being said, the BREWER's was noticeably overall paler than the other two species, or so it seemed in the field.
Also at the Homeless Garden, an unexpected find were 2 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS. But, as the sun began to set behind a cloud bank, a COOPER'S HAWK came in an quickly put an end to the show.
For a full list of what I saw this evening at the homeless garden project, see this ebird list: