A Clay-colored Sparrow was reported at DeKorte behind the McDowell Observatory on eBird yesterday, and two were banded yesterday at the nearby Harrier Meadow/Erie landfill banding station.
A photo of one of the banded CC Sparrow is above.
More on the bird here.
Ron Shields took this shot of a small raptor at Kearny Marsh on Sunday morning.
Although an initial ID leaned toward Cooper's or Sharpie, we are thinking it's a Merlin. (We are also well aware that IDs of perched raptors can be challenging.)
Anyone else? (Thanks, Ron!)
Ron also took the photo of a Rusty Blackbird (below) at the same location on Sunday morning.
More on Merlins here.
More on Rusty Blackbirds here.
Robert Gill got this shot of a Redtail on the north side of Disposal Road last Friday evening. (Thanks, Robert!)