I did not get a chance to check the Noble Research Center until 4:00 pm today but when I did there was a sad surprise at the northeastern alcove. It looks for all the world like these two were traveling together, although I certainly cannot establish that to be the case:
AHY-F Dark-eyed Junco, fat = 0.
AHY-U Fox Sparrow, fat = 1.
This is just the second Fox Sparrow I’ve found on this project.
The first casualty since November 5th is a new species for this study: Fox Sparrow. This big, beautiful bird was ASY with a fat score = 2.
Fox Sparrows breed in the north and west; this individual looked to be from the eastern subspecies.
Here’s what Fox Sparrows have been up to lately: heading back north from their wintering grounds. Check out this distribution of Fox Sparrow eBird reports from February:
. . . and this one from March: