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.
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