[TN-Bird] Re: American Tree Sparrow

  • From: Bill Pulliam <bb551@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tn-bird Listserv <TN-BIRD@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2009 22:22:19 -0600

This seems to have gone out without my text on the first try; apologies!

 From Alderferer et al., the NGS "Complete Birds of NA" (the desktop  
volume):  "Outer tail feathers thinly edged in white on outer webs."   
This could be helpful in picking out a Tree from a flock of Field or  
Chipping Sparrows, though I have found the "cheedle-ee" call,  
slightly larger size, and notably bolder wingbars the most useful  
"flash" characters to snap on to the presence of an "odd" bird in the  
flock.  Honestly, though, everywhere I have lived where Am. Tree  
Sparrows were common,  you hardly ever saw them and the other  
Spizellas at the same time since the other species didn't winter and  
the Trees arrived so late in fall and left so early in spring they  
scarcely overlapped.  So, this is the first place  have really even  
had to address this matter of finding a Tree among Fields or Chippies!

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald, TN

> On Feb 1, 2009, at 9:51 PM, david kirschke wrote:
> Thanks to Ed Gleaves for the chance to see my life Am tree sparrow  
> here in Nashville on 1/30/09.  I came back the next morning to take  
> some photos.  The quality is not great as they were taken through a  
> window.  The bird had some white streaks in the tail, which I have  
> not seen in any field guides.
> http://flickr.com/photos/dkirschke/3245655805/
> http://flickr.com/photos/dkirschke/3246482928/
> David Kirschke
> Nashville, TN

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