5 November 2016 – Fox Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco

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.

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1 December 2013 – Dark-eyed Junco

Of 161 total casualties, this is just the third junco.  It’s also the first casualty I’ve recorded since Oct. 27: apparently, the second pulse of migrants (all those Lincoln’s Sparrows) was a bit earlier this year.

Given the bird’s condition (rather stiff and disheveled with sunken eyes), I’m inclined to think that she actually hit yesterday, Nov. 30.  I left her in place to examine removal rate.

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Female, fat = 2

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