Autumn arrived with a thud for this poor Clay-colored Sparrow today. It was one of the fattest of these little sparrows I’ve ever seen (easily a 3 on my 0–3 scale), which was impressive for a youngster: HY-U.
This morning, this Lincoln’s Sparrow was the unfortunate first victim of the season on the south side of the building. This individual was beautiful and fresh, with a fat score = 3.
Today I also found the scavenged remnants (two tail feathers and a few contour feathers) of the 42nd species I’ve been able to confirm as a casualty at the Noble Research Center since 2009: an Eastern Whip-poor-will.
Whip-poor-will is a surprising find for the study – to say the least. In my time in Oklahoma, I’ve yet to hear a Whip-poor-will. We seem to be all Chuck-wills-widows around here, and Whips seem to be confined to our easternmost counties. Here’s an eBird map for Whip reports in the month of September for the past 10 years: