Bird #226 — Clay-colored Sparrow

spizella (finch) pallida (pale)

Friday, May 28, 1982 — 6:30 pm

McNaughton, Wisconsin — Spider Lake Road — near Roy Fredrich’s Lake

Sal and I went to Mom and Dad’s for Memorial Day weekend.  They were beginning the process of moving up there full time.  Somewhere around this time, Russ Williams and his wife, Sandy, moved into the garage bedroom of the Des Plaines house.

Anyway, I was driving up the road toward McNaughton for some long-forgotten reason when I saw a hawk flying over a field.  I pulled over to the side of the road to take a look.  When I got out of the car, I spotted a sparrow fly out of some bushes along the road and land on a fence by a grove of small red pines.  It then flew from the bottom strand of the fence to the top of a wooden fencepost.  It sang its song once, then took off into the field across the road.  Its song was four buzzy notes on the same pitch.

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