13 October 2011 – Clay-colored Sparrow and trapped Lincoln’s Sparrows

It was a busy morning at the NRC after a crisp and clear, moonlit night that must have supported a big local flight.

I first checked on the Grasshopper Sparrow carcass – still there.

Next, I noticed a trapped Lincoln’s Sparrow on the north side of the building. This bird was flying well and should be OK.  In the west alcoves, however, were three more Lincoln’s Sparrows.  One was moving fine, one I was able to herd away from the building, and one was stunned enough that I was able to catch it.  I carried that bird around for awhile and it seemed quite perky in the hand.  I released it in the dense cover on the south side of Ag Hall, and the bird flew strongly away from me.  I will assume that it will be OK, so the tally will be 4 trapped Lincoln’s Sparrows with no casualties among them.

A fifth sparrow was not so lucky: this Clay-colored Sparrow I found on the east side of the NRC.

One thought on “13 October 2011 – Clay-colored Sparrow and trapped Lincoln’s Sparrows

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