Friday, May 28, 2021

Lincoln’s Sparrow

We banded this Lincoln’s Sparrow in our Olympia backyard on 26 May 2021. Although this is only my fourth banding record, I did not think much about this common fall, winter, and spring bird (they breed at higher elevations east of us). I took this photo because I thought this sparrow was handsome. To my surprise, when I entered the record into eBird, the app alerted me that Lincoln’s Sparrows are rare enough Olympia in May to require additional evidence. According to Wahl et al. 2005,  the spring migration in lowland eastern Washington lasts from April to early May, and the latest date they mention is 26 April. Fortunately I took the photograph.

1 comment:

  1. Not a common bird at all in my Olympia yard. I saw one on May 5. Other than that, multiple times in April of 2020 and 2021, and that's it.