A Flock of Lincoln's Sparrow

September 15, 2013  •  2 Comments

Saturday morning I followed up on a tip I received from another birder about the habitat on the s.e. side of Lost Lake. I found the area enchanting, in spite of the 100 yards of wind-fallen timber that you have to traverse after jumping a guardrail along a somewhat dicy section of highway. 

The most notably-persistent species was LINCOLN'S SPARROW.  I was able to photograph at least 7 individuals, many uncharacteristically perched-up in full view. An unusual sighting (for us) of a normally solitary species. 


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Shoaib Tareen(non-registered)
Nice pics.
Dave Irons(non-registered)
Lincoln's Sparrow is one of my favorite species. Truly beautiful little sparrows, as evidenced by this nice collection of photos. Based on the apparent yellow gape flanges on several of these individuals, they appear to be mostly hatch-year birds. Lincoln's nest in the wet grassy margins of many of the lakes in Oregon's Cascades, including Lost Lake. Hard to know if these are local nesters or migrants, as the first southbound birds are starting to show up in the western Oregon lowlands.
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