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  1. Re: [LACoBirds] Black-chinned Sparrow LINK
    DATE: May 12, 2018 @ 7:34pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi Peggy,
    
    Black-chinned Sparrow has been seen at the Forrestal Reserve before.
    
    I would call it casual at best though, most years none were found in
    
    the decades I watched the area. Most of the few records I know of
    
    were from spring, late March to earliest May. In the late '60's to
    
    mid-late '70's there were a few PVP CBC circle records, in fall and
    
    winter. I do not know where those were. At the quarry area in spring,
    
    some were singing birds, I think at least once there was a pair present.
    
    They never seemed to stick to breed though. Something missing.
    
    It is a great find on the PVP anytime.
    
    Mitch Heindel
    
    Utopia, Texas
    
    formerly haunting PVP
    
    On 2018-05-08 20:18, plguss@... [LACoBirds] wrote:
    
    > Hello -
    
    >
    
    > Today at Forrestal Nature Reserve on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, I saw
    
    > a Black-chinned Sparrow. No photo, but the overall dark gray head and
    
    > underparts and brown striped back and wings were pretty diagnostic. I
    
    > would have said that the bill was orange, but it seems the books call
    
    > it pink. Anyway it was in stark contrast with the gray face with black
    
    > around the eyes and throat.
    
    >
    
    > Not sure if this bird has been seen in this area before - I have only
    
    > seen it in the deserts of CA, AZ and Utah.
    
    >
    
    > Happy Birding, everyone!
    
    >
    
    > Peggy Gussman
    
    >
    
    > Rancho Palos Verdes
    
    > 
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