[CT Birds] If you are interested in Fox Sparrows
birddog55 at charter.net
Tue Jan 12 22:57:06 EST 2010
I put together a small selection of the three forms of Fox Sparrow I have
photographed in New England. The Red Fox Sparrow, iliaca, is from
Litchfield, the Red Fox Sparrow, likely ssp zaboria, is from Hamden 13 March
2007, and the Sooty Fox Sparrow is from New Hampshire, January 10, 2010.
There are very few records of Fox Sparrows that are not our expected
Red-type from the East. This will become more interesting as the climate
moves toward splitting several of these forms into full species.
Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278
Birddog55 at charter.net
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Szantyr" <birddog55 at charter.net>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2010 1:26 AM
Subject: Its worth scrutinizing the birds at your feeder
> These photos show a Sooty Fox Sparrow, the subspecies ( and maybe soon to
> be species) that is from pacific northwest to southern Alaska. It is at a
> private residence in New Hampshire. In December 1996, I found a very
> similar bird in my yard in Storrs that was also determined by the pros to
> be a Sooty Fox Sparrow. This record is still awaiting review by the ARCC.
> As my friend Frank Mantlik says..."Keep your eyes to the skies!" He says
> other stuff but this is most applicable.
> Mark S. Szantyr
> 80 Bicknell Road #9
> Ashford, Connecticut 06278
> Birddog55 at charter.net
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mark Szantyr" <birddog55 at charter.net>
> To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Sent: Saturday, January 09, 2010 9:55 PM
> Subject: [CT Birds] Birding and Police, a different take
>> Having the distinction of being a birder who was arrested for criminal
>> trespass on my very first visit to the "old" Milford Point ( all charges
>> dropped and the complaintant warned to stop harassing birders), I want to
>> say that in subsequent encounters with police I have had nothing but
>> respectful questions and then warm interest in what this birding thing
>> was all about.
>> This may be an unpopular view, but while out at all hours of the night
>> owling in some rather remote and sometimes unsavory environments, I have
>> regarded their concern as a comfort. I always thank them for checking on
>> me for if I was indeed in need of assistance, I was glad to know they
>> were around.
>> Mark S. Szantyr
>> 80 Bicknell Road #9
>> Ashford, Connecticut 06278
>> Birddog55 at charter.net
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