Purple Finch, good sparrows at Furnace Creek Ranch

From: J Dunn, D House, C Howard, T and J Heindel, J and D Parker, S Koonce, V Howe
Email: choward@telis.net
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Date: 11/03/02
Time: 08:09:53 AM

On 3 Nov 2002, there was a sizable flock of mixed sparrows near the playground including two TREE SPARROWS, a SWAMP SPARROW, two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, one CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and a PURPLE FINCH (rare in the desert). The "Purple Gallinule water hazard", just west of the 600 building, hosted a female RUSTY BLACKBIRD and an interesting merganser. Sandy Koonce found another (third) TREE SPARROW at the NW corner of the golf course. A juvenile BALD EAGLE flew over the Ranch, "escorted" by a raven.  Also, an AMERICAN CROW (rare in the desert), western PALM WARBLER, a few LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS, 3 SNOW and 1 ROSS'S GOOSE, 1 late YELLOW WARBLER, and 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.  (Click here to see all photos)