Bird #267 — Black-chinned Sparrow

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.

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