Thursday, March 14, 2019

Rufous-crowned Sparrows at Lake Hodges

Rufous-crowned Sparrows are found in coastal sage scrub, especially steep south facing slopes. It invades areas after fires and then becomes less common as the chaparral matures. Bare soil and bunchgrass and small bushes are this species' preferred habitat (San Diego County Bird Atlas).

These sparrows are regular at Lake Hodges, but infrequently reported. Their sparse habitat is not where most birders spend their time.

Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Lake Hodges, California. January 25, 2019.
More photos of Rufous-crowned Sparrows in San Diego from eBird. Click on the photos to rate (1 awful, 2 poor but identifiable, 3 average or small, 4 very good, 5 magazine cover worthy). (How and why.)

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