Re: Oyster Point -- Clay-colored Sparrow (Continued on 1/21 - Pics)

Jerry Ting

I refound two Clay-colored Sparrows and observed/photographed from 12:00-12:30PM. Both were foraging on the ground from the 'broken water funtain' all the way east to the grassland beside the railroad. I have uploaded a couple of shots that can be seen at

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "Stephen" <diomedea.stephen@...> wrote:


Yesterday, around 3:30 PM, I stopped by Oyster Point Regional Shoreline to look for the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW reported by Noah Arthur on Jan. 4th (originally, perhaps, on Dec. 12th). Noah called the flock of sparrows the "Oyster Bay Entrance Sparrow Flock", so I scoured the hillside just north of the entrance, and did indeed find the Zonotrichia flock. After just a couple of minutes, the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW jumped up to a low rung of the chain link fence, and then joined the Zono's on the ground in front of the fence -- this was the flat grassy area "in the vicinity of the broken water fountain" (as Noah described it). This has been a long-sought Alameda County bird for me, having missed Chuck Woodrum's long-present feeder bird in winter 08-09, and seemingly countless others reported through the years.

Good birding,
Stephen Long
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley
diomedea at berkeley dot edu

Join to automatically receive all group messages.