The clay-colored sparrow was still present at this location from 12:15 to 12:45 this afternoon. The bird is quite active and moves frequently. If you don't hear it singing right away, I'd suggest taking a seat on the bench next to the bikepath and listening for a bit. While I was there it moved from trees in yards east of the fairway to low trees near the intersection of Old Cross Road to the low shrubs west of the nearest tee box and then to the lawns and shrubs along Golf Course Road. It even paused atop the peak of a house, where I got this crummy record shot:
Many thanks to Scott and Larry for reporting it- nothing like a lunch break lifer.
----- Original Message -----
> From: "Larry Clarfeld" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:34:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Clay-colored Sparrow, So. Burlington
> The Clay-colored Sparrow was present as of 5:45 this morning, singing
> the location described by Scott.
> On Wed, May 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM, UVM <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Hello:
> > This evening I encountered a Clay-colored Sparrow near the
> > intersection of
> > Old Cross Rd. X Golf Course Rd. In South Burlington. The bird was
> > perching
> > low in trees and foraging in grass just north of the intersection.
> > It was
> > giving its 4-5 note buzz call. The location is perhaps 0.5-1 mile
> > from a
> > previous breeding site in SB. Good birding,
> > Scott Morrical
> > <[log in to unmask]>
> > South Burlington
> > Sent from my iPhone
> Larry Clarfeld
> Environmental Educator
> Youth Birding Coordinator
> North Branch Nature Center
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> Montpelier, VT 05602
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