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Re: Harris's Sparrow/West. Tanager @ Cape Lookout
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- Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 22:43:23 -0400
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Kent Fiala wrote:
>Not to take away from these sightings, but in the case of the Harris's
>Sparrow I think that you must have meant adult plumage rather than male
>plumage. The sexes are alike.
Thanks for catching my oversight. Monday was quite a long day. I didn't
get back from Harkers Island until after 9 PM and was obviously too hasty
in trying to get the word out. Maybe if Bob Holmes would enter the world
of computers and e-mail . . . .
What a bizarre day Monday turned out to be. The way the wind blew all day
Sat and Sun, I wondered if we would even be able to stand up at the Cape on
Mon. But at sunrise it was slick calm. It was one of the most pleasant days
I ever remember at this spot- mild temps, NO wind, and NO MOSQUITOS!!
The birding was a little on the bizarre side as well. We went hoping for
some migrant warblers but our first three birds were Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Blue-headed Vireo, and Palm Warbler. We saw NO raptors- not even a kestrel.
Warblers were disappointing- added C. Yellowthroat, Prairie, Yellow-rumped,
Prothonatary, and Chat. We did find a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a
couple of Baltimore Orioles. Birds in largest numbers were Blue Grosbeaks
and Indigo Buntings. At one time I had 2 male Indigos, a male Blue Grosbeak
and a male Western Tanager in my binocular view at one time- quite an eyeful!
Just wish I had the time to get back out there another day or two this spring-
might not relocate the Harris's Sparrow, but who knows what else might get
blown in. Trips to Cape Lookout seldom disappoint . . .
New Bern, NC