Continuing Swam Sparrow
By 8 AM I was leaving the west side of Lake Merced after finding the continuing Swamp Sparrow along the Vista Grande Canal. It was pure serendipity that I actually saw this little bird.
I crossed from the concrete bridge and started walking south along the top of the canal. Eventually I came to a ramp for driving into the canal, kept going and came to a second ramp. Turning around, I saw a Song Sparrow and started paying attention. A second bird was in a bush very close to the Song Sparrow. This turned out to be the Swamp Sparrow, which I was able to see between the dry twiggy branches of the bush. It had a striped head, a whitish throat, a plain breast with a grayish color. I could never see the wings, though. Then, it disappeared.
These birds were on the golf course side of the canal nat the green cyclone fence. I was between the two ramps for driving maintenance vehicles into the canal. What luck.
Hugh B. Harvey