[Tweeters] Eurasian Tree Sparrow Origin
dave.slager at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 13:12:52 PDT 2019
Although a ship-assisted bird is possible, remember that there is also
an established introduced Eurasian Tree Sparrow population in the
Midwest. Birds presumably originating from this population have
reached in our direction as far as North Dakota and Saskatchewan, and
in the other direction as far as Cape May, New Jersey, where accepted
by the NJ bird records committee. Worth noting is that most vagrants
to the Upper Midwest area are in spring, which goes against the timing
of this Neah Bay bird. So although it's hard to know the origin of the
Neah Bay bird, the probability of it being a wanderer from the Midwest
population seems at least greater than zero.
On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 8:32 PM Brad Waggoner <wagtail24 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> The “countability” of this recent Neah Bay Eurasian Tree Sparrow has come up in a few private communications to me. While I can’t say with certainty on how the WBRC will rule on this record, I have a pretty good hunch. California and Oregon have two records each and none of them have been accepted by their BRC’s. The likelihood that this Eurasian Tree Sparrow arrived to Neah Bay without “ship assistance” is close to zero.
> So, should you crank up the chase wagon and come give it a look see? Sure, why not, it is a handsome-looking bird. And, plus it is in Neah Bay in Fall and most of us now know what that means. Can you count it? It is your list!
> Cheers and good birding,
> Brad Waggoner
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