Three days ago I saw a very pale Chipping Sparrow mixed in with a large flock of Chipping Sparrows, and wondered if it might be a hybrid Chipping x Clay-colored. I posted the photos on the American Birding Association's "What's This Bird?" Facebook page, and got several reports that a hybrid might be possible, and a request to try to get more photos including some of its rump. I also checked the on-line Macauly Library, and only found a few photos of this hybrid combination, but in breeding plumage, and noted the eye-line on that hybrid extending to the bill like that of a non-hybrid Chipping Sparrow. So I was motivated to try to re-locate this sparrow
Pale Chipping Sparrow (January 28)
It was cold and overcast, with occasional snow flurries. I only spotted one Chipping Sparrow, but it was not the one I was seeking, and ended up with 22 avian species.
I decided to try again this morning under cold overcast skies, but at least there weren't any snow flurries. I didn't see any Chipping Sparrows, but added a few more species to my two day list, including a few interesting photos of today's birds.
The Common Merganser continues in the golf course pond, and this morning had caught a fish that appeared to be a bit more than it could handle.
I also saw an Eastern Bluebird coming multiple times to a bird feeder. I haven't seen a Bluebird eating seed at a feeder since October 2007 during drought conditions.
And I saw a couple of young deer.