[Tweeters] RE: Sparrow conjecture: Where would you find 4
Zonotrichias together in one place? It's Happening in TX this Winter
walter.szeliga at gmail.com
Thu Jan 11 18:58:25 PST 2018
The Front Range of Colorado routinely has four Zonotrichia in the Winter and once even had a FIVE Zonotrichia Winter; the entire genus! Now, the fifth and final Zonotrichia was a Rufous-collared Sparrow (Z. capensis) that was later determined to be from a non-migratory, equatorial subspecies, suggesting that it was formerly a cage-bird. Even if it didn’t count, it was possible to see, with little driving, all Zonotrichia in one day. Have a read over at Nathan Pieplow's excellent ear-birding blog to see how the bird was identified to subspecies (http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/3112 <http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/3112>).
Now that we’ve started talking about Zonotrichia, how about the places were one can see all of Gavia in a day. I know it’s been done in Colorado, and it’s probably been done in Washington.
P.S. Seeing as many Poecile sp. as possible in one location has always been a fun side project. It’s surprising where you can do this too.
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