[Tweeters] Wintering White-throated Sparrows

plkoyama at comcast.net plkoyama at comcast.net
Tue Mar 31 17:27:22 PDT 2020

It’s the last day of March, and it looks as though the White-throated Sparrow that has been below our feeders since 12/5/19 will make it into April. We’ve been in this Bothell condo, which is at the end of the development facing a wet wood lot, for 16 years. This is the 6th year we’ve had a visit from a WT Sparrow, most often for just a few days. In 2013, though, one stayed from 1/2-4/7. This year’s sparrow has broken that record.

We also had one in Kenmore for the Edmonds CBC, and learned that rare-bird reports are no longer required for this species. Curious, last month I e-mailed Matt Bartels to inquire about the probable increasing appearance of the sparrow. Matt replied that Birds of WA reported 6 sightings in 1953 statewide and 15 yrs. ago, 30. Now, he wrote, 30 per winter in King Co is not unusual, and they are often seen at feeders. So, yes, they are increasing. Has anyone else had one maintain such a long stretch as a yard bird? If it’s here tomorrow, it’ll have been seen in 5 consecutive months, almost daily!
Penny Koyama, Bothell
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