4 October 2015 – Clay-colored Sparrow

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.

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28 September 2012: Lincoln’s Sparrow and Whip-poor-will

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.

The two rectrices (tail feathers) at left are diagnostic for an adult (AHY) female Whip-poor-will, a first for the study.

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: