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October 2017

Quiet Morning at Stateline

Saw the DDT trifecta of raptors at Stateline today -- Peregrine, Bald Eagle and Osprey -- plus Common Ravens and a Palm Warbler (below) and a Black-throated Blue. 

Great to be outside with a very nice bunch of people despite dishwater skies. 

Highlight was two resident Peregrines perched in their usual tree. Quit a size difference between male and female.



Sparrow-palooza Update

Went to Crestwood Lake this a.m. to see if I could find the Clay-colored Sparrow again.

Incredibly, the area was filled with parked cars, but no one else was looking for the unusual sparrow.

I'm just guessing, but I think the others gave up and went to the Halloween poster contest at the nearby pavilion.

No Vesper Sparrows or Clay-coloreds.  Just a medley of Songs.

Sparrow-palooza at Crestwood Lake

Went to Crestwood Lake in hopes of seeing Pipits, Wilson's Snipe and Vesper Sparrow.

Thanks to Judy Cinquina, I saw the Vesper Sparrow and the Snipe -- and a Clay-colored Sparrow.

The Vesper and Clay-colored were life birds for me.  Distant views, but Judy had a great spotting scope.

Attached here are photos of Clay-colored, one cropped and another uncropped, using a 400mm lens. The latter gives you an idea how tough these little guys are to see.

Plus a distant snipe shot. (Thanks, Judy!)