spizella (finch) atrogularis (from atri, black, and qula, throat)
Saturday, March 31, 1984 — 4:30 pm
Saguaro National Monument, Arizona — Rincon Mountain Unit — Javelina Picnic Area
I left Sal and Mom chatting in the picnic area and wandered around the area. I saw three lifer sparrows in such quick sucession, and for such a short duration, that I don’t remember much. I can picture where I was, and I remember that I saw them, but I can’t remember what they looked like. The next time I see them will be like the first.
I was strolling through a wash/valley between rocky, scrub-covered hills in a saguaro forest. I spotted a female Black-chinned Sparrow foraging on the ground. As I watched, it flew up and perched in a nearby bush.