22 October 2018 – White-throated Sparrow plus a bonus Song Sparrow

This morning I found another White-throated Sparrow. In the last two days, the number of this species I’ve found since 2009 has doubled from two to four.  We’ve also reached a yearly milestone with now 50 casualties for 2018.

 

For a bit of added sadness, I also happened upon this Song Sparrow at the Kerr-Drummond complex.

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21 October 2018 – White-throated Sparrow

For only the third time since 2009 I found a window-killed White-throated Sparrow at the Noble Research Center.

October 2010 Summary

I checked for casualties on 25/31 days in October, and encountered the following:

1 unknown songbird
1 House Wren
2 Lincoln’s Sparrow
2 Grasshopper Sparrow
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow

28 October 2010 – White-throated and Song sparrows

I found two sparrows this morning, a White-throated (fully dead) and Song (nearly dead).

Fat = 1, AHY-U

The Song Sparrow was still alive when I found it, but I was able to easily capture it by hand.

According to Dan Klem’s classic work, about 50% of the birds that are able to fly away from a window collision will ultimately succumb to their injuries. I don’t count “trapped” birds as casualties, but if I’m able to catch it, chances are its injuries are potentially life-threatening. In this case, I took the sparrow with me and carried it around for awhile until it had shaken the cobwebs off a bit. I released it near some juniper shrubs on the southwest side of Ag Hall, and it flew ~ 20′ into those shrubs. I will, however, consider it a “casualty.”