[Tweeters] White-throated sparrow, Phinney Ridge

JOHN TUBBS johntubbs at comcast.net
Tue Feb 12 15:52:11 PST 2019


I think this species is one of the most handsome in the sparrow family. We've been fortunate to have one winter over each of the last four years. Since they are pretty uncommon in our area, I've assumed it is the same individual demonstrating wintering site fidelity. It is always interesting how it stands out even with a quick glance and no binoculars - it isn't one of the 'usual suspects'. As others have noted, the snow must be driving Varied Thrush down from higher elevations. We had a male show up yesterday and it is hanging around today - we don't usually see this species here.

John Tubbs
johntubbs at comcast.net
Lacey, WA
(soon to be) Green Valley, AZ



> On February 12, 2019 at 2:12 PM Meg Matthews <megmm at uw.edu> wrote:

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> I’m almost positive that we have a white-throated sparrow visiting our backyard of the “white-striped” variety identified on BirdWeb. He shows up every few hours in the company of a mixed flock (juncos and some towhees tagging along). So far he seems to like perching in the bare branches of the large, tangled mock quince in our backyard. I’ve seen him around 11 and 1:30 most consistently, sometimes also around 9 and later in the afternoon. He’s been here since Saturday.

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> If you want to come check him out, the roads are a slushy mess so be forewarned. We’re on 2nd Ave NW between 55th and 56th. Email me and I can give you the details.

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