Mike Lesnik — March 02, 06:59PM
What happened to 'No Playback' in breeding territory?
"5 Sagebrush Sparrow
Found in expanse of sagebrush. Responded to recording by singing and hopping to top of bushes, then diving back down. White eye ring, white supraloral, gray head, brownish streaky back, central breast spot, bold white malar. While perched, birds flicked tail frequently. Reliable spot for this sparrow, though this is earlier than normal." Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:15 PM
Zhel — March 03, 12:57AM
Well, in this case it is not playback in a breeding territory. It is too early for breeding to take place, and there probably shouldn't be a breeding code assigned at all.
Mike Lesnik — March 03, 08:34AM
Up here along the 45th parallel this sparrow is the first sparrow to arrive (any time now) and select its 'breeding territory'. All that is required to observe it is to select a good stance in known habitat and look.
I feel that anything that causes them to be disturbed and expose themselves is hazardous to their health - Grizzly Bears around Yellowstone National Park are now tuned in to rifle shots in the fall and come looking for a free meal.
Will drone speakers & cameras be the next technological revolution in bird watching?