Date: 10/17/19 8:59 am
From: William Freedberg <4mrfish...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Window-killed Clay-colored and Sharp-tailed Sparrows, Boston

On Tuesday, Jonathan Layman found a *deceased* Clay-colored Sparrow as
well as a *deceased* possible Atlantic Nelson's Sparrow at UMass
Boston while volunteering for Mass Audubon's Avian Collision Team. The
site is surrounded with native grassland plantings and great
pollinator/sparrow habitat, and unfortunately we have found a number
of uncommon species of ex-bird there (including several Lincoln's on
other dates).

Saltmarsh Sparrow is certainly a more likely ID for the second bird,
but several observers on iNaturalist have suggested an
Atlantic-population Nelson's Sparrow. If anyone with experience with
these birds wants to weigh in, that would be great (offlist).


Good birding
Will Freedberg
Belmont MA
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