[Tweeters] Swamp Sparrow--Ridgefield NWR--River 'S' Unit

Cindy McCormack nwbirder at gmail.com
Fri Dec 12 17:05:59 PST 2014

Hi everybody!

I spent the afternoon at Ridgefield, most of the time waiting for a sparrow
to come out for better views, but well worth the wait! Among a group of
8-12 Song Sparrow in the dead Reed Canary Grass was a single SWAMP
SPARROW. Also at the same location was an overwintering COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT. (There may have been two, but I could only ever see one at a


Ridgefield NWR--River 'S' Unit, Clark, US-WA
Dec 12, 2014 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Spent a large portion of time waiting for the Swamp Sparrow &
Common Yellowthroat to come into view.
60 species (+2 other taxa)

Cackling Goose 750
Canada Goose 40
Trumpeter Swan 583
Gadwall 30
American Wigeon 160
Mallard 174
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 245
Northern Pintail 380
Green-winged Teal 246
Ring-necked Duck 22
Greater/Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 30
Hooded Merganser 34
Ruddy Duck 3
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 9
Great Egret 5
Northern Harrier 6
Bald Eagle 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 10
Virginia Rail 1
American Coot 349
Sandhill Crane 16
Killdeer 2
Wilson's Snipe 54 53 were counted resting along a muddy section of
Canvasback Lake. Single bird located at Long Lake.
gull sp. 3
Great Horned Owl 2
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
Northern Flicker 6
American Kestrel 1
Western Scrub-Jay 8
American Crow 2
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 28
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Brown Creeper 2
Pacific Wren 1
Marsh Wren 6
Bewick's Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
American Robin 12
European Starling 160
American Pipit 2
Common Yellowthroat 1 Same location as Swamp Sparrow. At least one
female viewed. Multiple views, constant call notes. Chasing/being chased
occasionally by a Marsh Wren. May have been two individuals present
(calls). Warbler with yellow throat, breast, abdomen, and undertail
coverts. Head, back plain brown. Typical flight behavior when flitting
above the dead grasses. Occasionally popped up into view.
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Spotted Towhee 5
Song Sparrow 23
Swamp Sparrow 1 Call (chip) I didn't recognize, waited for the sparrow
to appear. When first hopped into view, thought it was a Lincoln's Sparrow
(gray face, rust eye line)--then saw the breast was mostly plain, with a
distinct grayish band across the upper breast (instead of the rich buff of
a LISP). Throat was white. Gray band had subtle streaks, barely
noticeable. Center/bottom of the band appeared to have a darker smudge,
like it was trying to form a central breast spot. Bright rust in wing, no
wingbars. Rust seems especially bright at the greater secondary and lesser
coverts. Crown had dark stripes (couldn't tell if dark brown or rust),
center of crown tan. Supercilium and cheek gray, lateral neck gray. Back
tan with long dark brown stripes. Sides rich buff. Appeared to be smaller
than a Song Sparrow, not much larger than Marsh Wren (which was chasing
it). Hanging with Song Sparrows (about 8) mostly in the dead Reed Canary
Grass adjacent to open wetland lined in Cattails. Occasionally hopped onto
low moss-covered deciduous branches just above or among the dead grasses.
Located just after stop 8 (just where the first trees start on the left
side of the road after the Kiwa trail parking).
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 18
Red-winged Blackbird 65
Brewer's Blackbird 32
House Finch 3
Red Crossbill 1 flyover, calling.
Pine Siskin 12
American Goldfinch 3

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*_________________Cindy McCormackVancouver, WAnwbirderatgmailcom*
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