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  1. Re: [LACoBirds] Black-chinned Sparrow LINK
    DATE: May 12, 2018 @ 7:34pm, 5 month(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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