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