23 October 2013 – Lincoln’s Sparrow (plus bonus Lincoln’s Sparrow)

Lincoln’s Sparrow has been taking it on the chin lately.  This morning I found one of those puzzles of a bird on its southbound migration (fat = 3) heading north:

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I also found a second Lincoln’s Sparrow at the Food and Agricultural Products Center.

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2 September 2013 – bonus Mourning Warbler

No casualties at the Noble Research Center this morning, but I found this bonus Mourning Warbler on the south side of the Food and Ag Products Center.

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This was a hatch year bird, and probably a female.  She was in prime shape for migration, with fat = 2.  No Mourning Warbler should end up stiff on a sidewalk in Oklahoma.  Here’s where these birds are supposed to be in the first two days of September:

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1 October 2012 – no casualties, but some bonus birds nearby

There looked to be a House Wren and two Lincoln’s Sparrows hanging around this morning, but I still can’t consider these birds “trapped” if I can’t get close enough to them to effectively herd them away from the building.

I did find a window-killed Lincoln’s Sparrow at a nearby building yesterday, and it seems to have hit the same window that an unfortunate Common Yellowthroat did a few days ago.

This building is the Food and Agricultural Products Center, located just west and across a parking lot from the Noble Research Center.  This is a weird little corner of the building that every year claims several birds, even though it seems very protected.

Northeastern corner of the Food and Agricultural Products Center. The two victims are visible, with my backpack for scale.