[Tweeters] Clay-colored sparrow: directional assistance

B&PBell bellasoc at isomedia.com
Sat Nov 9 17:27:10 PST 2013


Hi All

I arrived at Marymoor this morning about 7:30 and Scott Ramos was already at
the compost piles (at Lot G) and had seen the Clay-colored Sparrow. He said
it was moving around quite a bit. We worked the piles over for about 10
minutes and the bird popped up over by the observation hill, then moved down
a ways and perched on some thistles. Still very dark and gray, but we got
definitely identifiable looks. Scott got a couple of pictures and I got
"record" shots. The bird then flew to the north and out of sight. A few
minutes later it came in to land on one of the sticks above the piles of
junk, but was chased by a Song Sparrow and went down on the west side of the
piles. I wandered around and got a brief look before it took off to the
east. On going around the piles it was seen on some sticks in the
blackberries to the east of the dirt road around the piles.

As I watched it flew directly toward me and down onto the road. Both Scott
and I got excellent views (it was much lighter then) and some photos then
(it was quite close to Scott). It was with some Golden-crowned and Song
Sparrows and the whole flock flushed into the blackberries.

We left then and told new people arriving that the bird was around and they
needed to be patient - look for a small bird (about Lincoln's Sparrow size)
with a clear white breast, light gray back and nice face pattern.

While Scott and I were at the Compost piles we saw: Golden-crowned,
White-crowned, Song, Fox, Lincoln's, Savannah, Dark-eyed Junco, Spotted
Towhee in addition to the Clay-colored. A nine sparrow day at the piles -
pretty good start to the day. Later in the day we saw, and heard, a
White-throated Sparrow out near the north access to the Crescent Lake area
off Tualco Loop Rd. 10 Sparrows for the day!

Excellent day (with lots of other birds).

Brian H. Bell
Woodinville WA
mail to bell asoc at iso media dot com

----- Original Message -----
From: <birdmarymoor at gmail.com>
To: "Tim Brennan" <tsbrennan at hotmail.com>; <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Saturday, November 09, 2013 1:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Clay-colored sparrow: directional assistance



> Whoops - my bad. Yes, Lot G, where the eastern birding kiosk is. It's

> the big lot about in the middle of the park, at the northeast corner of

> the off-leash dog area.

>

>

> == Michael Hobbs

> == www.marymoor.org/birding.htm

> == BirdMarymoor at frontier.com

>

> -----Original Message-----

> From: Tim Brennan

> Sent: Saturday, November 09, 2013 12:35 PM

> To: tweeters at u.washington.edu

> Subject: [Tweeters] Clay-colored sparrow: directional assistance

>

> Hey all!

>

> I was out with Carol Riddell looking for the sparrow at Marymoor this

> morning at the wrong compost piles. I ran errands after that kept me

> close enough to make a return trip. I did not know where "the viewing

> mound" was, and I had read one post saying that the bird was west of

> parking lot D...? At any rate, the compost piles for this sparrow are at

> lot G. Very cooperative bird that I got to enjoy with Evan Houston and

> another new birder. :)

>

> Hope that helps some people find it!

>

> Happy birding,

>

> Tim Brennan

>

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