Date: 4/4/21 4:56 am From: Joel Geier <clearwater...> Subject: [obol] Re: [MidValleyNature:5808] More arrivals: Chipping, Savannah, and White-crowned Sparrows singing north of Corvallis
Make that at least 8 members of the sparrow "tribe" that are singing locally. Today a wintering SOOTY FOX SPARROW was tuning up his song while scratching around in some dirt under a willow where I cleared some invasive grasses over the winter.
If there are still any White-throated Sparrows hanging around and singing, that would bring the number of singing sparrow species up to nine. But the one that was singing around our yard all winter seems to have left, at least two weeks ago.
Also -- as further sign of shorebird movement -- I heard my first "yard bird" Greater Yellowlegs of the season calling from a wetland across the highway.
From: "clearwater" <clearwater...> To: "Oregon Birders OnLine" <obol...> Cc: "Mid-Valley Nature" <mid-valley-nature...> Sent: Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:04:10 PM Subject: [MidValleyNature:5808] More arrivals: Chipping, Savannah, and White-crowned Sparrows singing north of Corvallis
At a Vesper Sparrow monitoring site in the Soap Creek Valley north of Corvallis this morning, I found two CHIPPING SPARROWS (at least one singing on territory) and several singing SAVANNAH SPARROWS. All of them must be recent arrivals since I didn't detect them on a visit to the same site on May 29th. I haven't found any Vesper Sparrows there yet, but Bob Altman has found early arrivals at two other monitoring sites in the area.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS have been singing along the railroad tracks behind the Wilco Farm Supply store in NE Corvallis at least since Tuesday. Adding in OREGON JUNCOS, SPOTTED TOWHEES, and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, and that makes at least 7 members of the sparrow "tribe" that are singing locally now.