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.