[Tweeters] Brewer's Sparrow at Rainy Pass

enhunn323 at comcast.net enhunn323 at comcast.net
Thu Jun 21 08:14:31 PDT 2018


E-bird is lacking. Brewer's Sparrows are widespread and common breeders throughout the sage steppe and up into the transition grasslands (e.g. Steptoe Butte) as well as at least occasional breeders in subalpine situations. I had them singing high in the Blue Mountains at the Wenatchee Guard Station (maybe June 1973). They turned up with some regularity as post-breeding birds at Naches Pass at ca. 5000 feet. On one occasion Matt Bartels and I studied a fall migrant there that we suspected was taverneri but didn't get a photo. It is likely that taverneri is an occasional migrant but I believe even the high elevation nesting birds in Washington could be the nominate race.

Gene Hunn
Petaluma, CA

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From: "Robert O'Brien" <baro at pdx.edu>
To: "Dave Parent" <dpdvm at whidbey.com>
Cc: "tweeters" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:39:36 AM
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Brewer's Sparrow at Rainy Pass

I was interested in the answer to Dave's question and when none appeared (so far) I checked eBird
for Brewers Sparrow. Only 5 or so records (?) for WA state for all time; a few likely migrants on the west side
and a few likely breeders on the east side. None for Timberline Sparrow nor any Brewer's at high elevation.
Bob OBrien Portland

On Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 7:46 AM, Dave Parent < dpdvm at whidbey.com > wrote:


On the afternoon of Saturday, June 16, after a birding trip to the Methow we stopped at the Rainy Pass parking lot at the southbound Pacific Crest Trail access. Behind the restroom there is a tangle of slide alder. While pishing there, a very confiding Brewer's Sparrow popped up about ten feet away and gave a short version of its song before disappearing back into the alder thicket.

Are Timberline Sparrows, S.b.taverni, known to nest in the North Cascades or was this a possible migrant?

Dave Parent, Freeland WA, dpdvm at whidbey.com

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