30 September 2012 – Clay-colored Sparrow and Orange-crowned Warbler

On a cloudy morning after a nighttime football game that shone bright lights on low clouds, there were birds left behind at the Noble Research Center.  The first I found was this hatch-year Clay-colored Sparrow (fat = 2):

Then there were 3-4 birds trapped around the north entrance, including a House Wren.  Is this the same little guy hanging around for weeks?

There was an obviously stunned Orange-crowned Warbler as well.  The bird was sitting low and unresponsive, but it perked up when I picked it up.

The bird looks okay above.  Had it remained this way I would’ve counted it as merely “trapped”.  When I set it down, however, the bird did not fly away and it actually had trouble standing.  For cases like this – in which a trapped bird has trouble standing – my policy is to consider the bird as a casualty.  I’ll be interested in checking tomorrow to see if my suspicions are correct.

 

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