[Tweeters] Savannah Sparrow late breeding

Nigel Ball nigelj.ball at gmail.com
Mon Aug 5 07:12:23 PDT 2013

Well, it wasn't just the altitude responsible for apparently late breeding
at Washington Pass as I had three at Neah Bay (Clallam) yesterday
more-or-less at sea level behaving in the same way.
Jewett et al. reports the median date of egg-laying of brooksi as May 22nd.
Interestingly, although Jewett et al. shows Savannah Sparrow as breeding in
NW Clallam, the recent Wahl et al. Birds of Washington indicates that "BBA
surveys did not confirm breeding along the n. outer coast (Smith et al.
If I had to guess, I would say that there were 20+ pairs in the Wa'atch
Valley (and the base of the Hobuck spit) this year, and that the late
breeding might be the last of multiple broods. (Not that it seems that way
now, SavSprws can be difficult to see in August.)
Happy to hear of other views,

Nigel Ball

Bainbridge Island
Nigelj.ball at gmail.com
On Aug 4, 2013 7:31 PM, "Dennis Paulson" <dennispaulson at comcast.net> wrote:

> I was at Washington Pass (5400'), Chelan County, this morning and noted a

> Savannah Sparrow that was clearly feeding young. I wouldn't have expected

> this species there, but there is a big open meadow west of the pass that is

> obviously acceptable habitat. A bird was very agitated at our presence,

> chipping constantly, and then we saw it carrying food. Seems late to me,

> but the habitat doesn't open up until relatively late.


> Dennis

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