Bird #269 — Black-throated Sparrow

amphispiza (from amphi, around, and spiza, finch, “finch on both sides”) bilineata (two-striped)

Saturday, March 31, 1984 — 4:40 pm

Saguaro National Monument, Arizona — Rincon Mountain Unit — Javelina Picnic Area

I was still in the same rocky wash/valley where I saw my lifer Black-chinned and Rufous-crowned Sparrows when I saw this Black-throated Sparrow.  It was further up the side of the scrub-covered hillside, foraging on the ground underneath a prickly pear cactus.

And so ended an incredible day of birding.  I added 19 lifers, but they came too fast and furious.  I’d seen the birds, but I hadn’t been able to study them and get to know them.  I spent the evening in Mom and Dad’s apartment writing everything down before I forgot.

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