White-crowned Sparrow: Wilson Meadow 6/19/19
19 Jun 2019, 7:59 PM,
White-crowned Sparrow: Wilson Meadow 6/19/19
Seen by the small grove of willows next to the first aspen grove on the right following the trail up about a mile. A lot of good birds seem to hang out & breed in this grove.

I have seen individual birds here in the past during the summer. This is the first time that I have seen a pair together. 

They were exhibiting very agitated behavior, indicating possible breeding activity. 

The Arizona Breeding Atlas does not list them as breeding in Arizona, but this pair seem to be good candidates given seeing them this late in the season. It is worth keeping an eye out for them this summer.

Does anyone know of any breeding records in Arizona and/or the San Francisco Peaks?


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19 Jun 2019, 10:07 PM,
RE: White-crowned Sparrow: Wilson Meadow 6/19/19
White-crowned Sparrows were found breeding in the Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks in the late-60's and early-70's.  I have seen them on a handful of occasions in the upper elevations of the Inner Basin near treeline in June and July where they can be heard singing.  The potential breeding activity in the Hart Prairie area is interesting.
20 Jun 2019, 5:28 AM,
RE: White-crowned Sparrow: Wilson Meadow 6/19/19
(19 Jun 2019, 7:59 PM)gbotello Wrote: Does anyone know of any breeding records in Arizona and/or the San Francisco Peaks?

Just to add that the black lores are characteristic of the Mountain WCSP subspecies Z. l. oriantha. I vaguely recall they have a distinctive song too.
20 Jun 2019, 12:07 PM,
RE: White-crowned Sparrow: Wilson Meadow 6/19/19
Just for clarification, White-crowned Sparrows were confirmed breeding in AZ during the Breeding Bird Atlas. Details can be found in the Supplemental Species Accounts on page 594 of the published Atlas.

Hope to see you in the field...

Troy Corman

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