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Location
Lake Park--general, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:37 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
0.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Thomas Wood
Comments:
N/A
Species
18 species (+2 other taxa) total
70
Canada Goose
15
Greater Scaup
3
Lesser Scaup
60
Greater/Lesser Scaup
4
Black Scoter
3
Bufflehead
133
Common Goldeneye
173
Red-breasted Merganser
20
Herring Gull
1
Iceland Gull (glaucoides/kumlieni)
10
Larus sp.
1
Great Blue Heron
1
Downy Woodpecker
1
Hairy Woodpecker
1
American Crow
8
Black-capped Chickadee
2
Dark-eyed Junco
2
Northern Cardinal
10
House Sparrow
1
Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Observation Date: Time: Length: 2016.01.01: 3:30 P.M.: 20 minutes
Distance to bird: Approximately 30 yards.
Weather conditions: Overcast, 28 degrees (F), wind west at about 10MPH. The lighting was fair, since the sun sets early in the evening now. On the plus side, there was no heat distortion and with cloudy conditions, sun angle was not a factor.
Optics: Swarovski ST-80 spotting scope with a 20-60X zoom lens.
Description: This sparrow was superficially similar to the House Sparrows that were with it under the feeder near the top of the ravine. It was slightly smaller than the House Sparrows, but it really stood out from them because of its distinct white collar, and a small dark black auricular spot on the white face. I then looked at the crown and saw that it was entirely rufous without any stripes. The chin was dark black, and this coloration continued down the center of the bright white throat which joined and formed part of the aforementioned white collar. The visible underparts were much buffier than the gray seen on the House Sparrows. The back was brown with black streaking and there were two white wingbars.
Similar Species: House Sparrow is the most similar species, but it was physically larger, had a gray crown and face, and lacked the white collar.
Vocalizations: None.
Behavior: Feeding under the feeder, always on the ground. The flock was very nervous since there were a few loose dogs in the area, and when the House Sparrows went to the adjacent bushes, the Eurasian Tree Sparrow joined them.
Habitat: A wooded ravine in an urban park. There are a number of shrubs in the understory of the tall hardwoods that grow in the ravine.

 

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