[Tweeters] Wintering White-throated Sparrows

Lyn Topinka pointers at pacifier.com
Tue Mar 31 18:42:39 PDT 2020

hi ... we've had one since November 16th (white stripes) ... then sometime a second one (tan stripes) showed up but cant remember when ... it's been a couple of days since we've seen both together but we did see one yesterday ... haven't noticed any today ... we'll keep our eyes out tomorrow !!!

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From: Russ Koppendrayer <russkope at gmail.com>
Date: 3/31/20 6:23 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Penny Koyama <plkoyama at comcast.net>
Cc: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Wintering White-throated Sparrows

Hi Penny and Tweeters,
Not a longevity report, but another hint at their increase, on the 1/1/19 CBC one group reported 5 White-throated Sparrows all from a small stretch of roadside ditch south of Kelso. Curious, I went to the spot the next day and found 4 mixed in with other sparrows along a 50 foot stretch and at one point had 3 in one binocular field. Not something I expected from this normally sparsely distributed winter species.
Russ KoppendrayerLongview, WA
On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 5:28 PM <plkoyama at comcast.net> wrote:

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
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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