IWS continues to monitor the expansion and distribution of the Bell’s sparrow population across the entire island. 2014a, 2014b). In 2013, the AOU’s 54th supplement split Sage Sparrow Artemisiospiza belli into two species; Sagebrush Sparrow A. nevadensis and Bell’s Sparrow A. belli. Recent data also suggests that nesting success is relatively high island-wide (Meiman et al. Unpublished report for the U.S. Navy, Navy Region Southwest, Natural Resources Office, San Diego, California. Surveys conducted in this area from 2000–2012 showed fluctuating numbers of Bell’s sparrows, possibly due to rainfall patterns, but generally reflected an increasing population (Ehlers et al. It has a dark breast spot, a white eye ring, white supraloral spots on either side of the bill, and prominent, black and white malar stripes. Report of the birds recorded during a visit to the islands of Santa Barbara, San Nicholas, and San Clemente, in the spring of 1897. 2002. The Bell’s and Sagebrush Sparrow split has been one of the more headache-inducing identification challenges for southwest birders. The simplest summary is that Sagebrush Sparrow has stronger streaks on the back and a weaker lateral throat stripe, but the differences are small and affected by wear. Miller, A. H.  1968.  Nests are placed low in a variety of shrub and cactus species, although boxthorn (Lycium californicum) is the most commonly observed substrate. Prepared by Tierra Data Systems, Escondido, CA. Bell’s Sparrow consists of subspecies belli, canescens, cinerea, and clementeae.  1977. Grinnell, J. The Oregon vesper sparrow is an Oregon Conservation Strategy Species in the Klamath Mountains and Willamette Valley ecoregions. All Rights Reserved. Be ready for the Great Sagebrush Sparrow Hunt. Wintu Audubon Society The San Clemente Bell’s sparrow is 13-15 cm long with a brown back, dusky streaking on the sides, and buffy underparts. Interested in future webinars and projects with Los Angeles Birders? Until 2014, Bell's Sparrow and the very similar Sagebrush Sparrow were considered one species, called the Sage Sparrow. The recent AOU split of Sage Sparrow into two distinct species, Bell’s Sparrow (Artemisiospiza belli) and Sagebrush Sparrow (A. nevadensis), has led to an outbreak of head-shaking and hand-wringing on blogs, listservs, identification discussion groups, and even reviewer discussion groups in the region.  2014.  Population monitoring of the San Clemente Bell’s sparrow 2014.  Draft Annual Report.  Unpublished report prepared by the Institute for Wildlife Studies for the United States Navy, Naval Base Coronado, Natural Resources Office, San Diego, California. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Audubon Action Alerts ~ ~ ~ ~ ~, Four and Six Letter Bird Species Alpha Codes by English Names, Four and Six Letter Bird Species Alpha Codes by Taxonomy, Identification of Bell’s and Sagebrush Sparrows, Northern Flicker – a Red, White, and Blue Bird, House Finches: Loud and Brown and Red All Over, Ash-throated Flycatcher, a Bird for our Time. Howell, A. B.  1917.  Birds of the islands off the coast of southern California.  Pacific Coast Avifauna 12:1–127. Click Here for a Project Slideshow. Linton, C. B.  1908.  Notes from San Clemente Island.  The Condor 10:82–86. Join our LA Birders mailing list and be sure to add the email losangelesbirders@gmail.com to your contacts to make sure you don’t miss any messages!  Population monitoring of the San Clemente Bell’s sparrow - 2013.  Draft Annual Report.  Unpublished report prepared by the Institute for Wildlife Studies for the United States Navy, Naval Base Coronado, Natural Resources Office, San Diego, California. Breninger, G. F.  1904.  San Clemente Island and its birds.  The Auk 21:218–223. PO Box 994533 U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service.  2014. Ridgway, R.  1898. 96099-4533. Separating nominate Bell’s belli from Sagebrush is straightforward based on both plumage and range. Following an estimate of only 93 individuals within 740 ha of habitat, the subspecies was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1977 (USFWS 1977). In the early 1990s Bell’s sparrows were mainly limited to boxthorn dominated habitat found along the northern part of the island’s west shore. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Audubon Action Alerts ~ ~ ~ ~ ~, Four and Six Letter Bird Species Alpha Codes by English Names, Four and Six Letter Bird Species Alpha Codes by Taxonomy, Exploring Culturally Relevant Education and Climate Smart Restoration, https://www.labirders.org/webinars/sage_sparrows.html. The U.S. Navy, which gained ownership of SCI in 1934, conducted a feral grazer eradication program that was successfully completed in 1993 (U.S. Dept. It has a dark breast spot, a white eye ring, white supraloral spots on either side of the bill, and prominent, black and white malar stripes. Grasshopper Sparrow has buff underparts. Prior to 2013, the Bell's Sparrow and similar Sagebrush Sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis) were considered a single species, the Sage Sparrow.The two species are best distinguished by their range. Join our LA Birders mailing list and be sure to add the email losangelesbirders@gmail.com to your contacts to make sure you don’t miss any messages! Bell’s Sparrow consists of subspecies belli, canescens, cinerea, and clementeae. The Institute for Wildlife Studies was incorporated in 1979 as a non-profit, 501c(3) organization. Meiman, S. T., E. E. DeLeon, A. S. Bridges, and D. K. Garcelon. If you are unable to attend, this webinar *will* be recorded and made available on our website for later (or repeat) viewing. Byers, S. J.  1976.  Sage sparrow population status survey San Clemente Island. 2014a, 2014b). Therefore unable to confirm ID. A small sparrow with streaked crown and buffy upperparts and clear gray breast; similar to an immature Chipping Sparrow but brighter, with rump brownish buff instead of lead gray, sides of neck gray, and buff cheek patch bordered above and below with black. Although at least two birds responded to call of Sagebrush Sparrow, it is known that Bell's Sparrow will also respond to … PO Box 994533 The San Clemente Island Bell's sparrow is a threatened subspecies endemic to San Clemente Island (SCI), California. Register 42:40682-40685. The Bell’s and Sagebrush Sparrow split has been one of the more headache-inducing identification challenges for southwest birders. U.S. Department of the Navy, Southwest Division. CLAY COLORED SPARROW 5-5 1/2" (13-14 cm). Chesser, R. T., R. C. Banks, F. K. Barker, C. Cicero, J. L. Dunn, A. W. Kratter, I. J. Lovette, P. C. Rasmussen, J. V. Remsen, J. D. Rising, D. F. Stotz, and K. Winker.  Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants. Los Angeles Birders (LAB) is a newly formed, independent non-profit organization with the goal of bringing birding, knowledge, and field experience together to encourage, educate, and empower birders. San Clemente is the southernmost of California’s Channel Islands and supports a unique ecosystem as well as serving as an active U.S. Navy training ground. 2014a, 2014b). Darker malar streaks more suggestive of Bell's Sparrow. More information is available on our website — losangelesbirders.org, Or write us at: In 2013, the AOU’s 54th supplement split Sage Sparrow Artemisiospiza belli into two species; Sagebrush Sparrow A. nevadensis and Bell’s Sparrow A. belli. WHAT and WHO is Los Angeles Birders? Wintu Audubon is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. San Diego, CA. 2013). If you are unable to attend, this webinar *will* be recorded and made available on our website for later (or repeat) viewing. If you have a YouTube account and are logged in to YouTube, you will be able to submit questions or comments that will be relayed to the speaker. © 2020 Wintu Audubon Society. Redding, CA. Artemisiospiza belli belli (s California including San Clemente I.. sw USA. 1897. Meiman, S. T., E. E. DeLeon, A. S. Bridges, and D. K. Garcelon. Kimball will also introduce us to a new project to find and photograph Sagebrush Sparrows in Los Angeles County! The streaked brownish plumage of the Vesper sparrow is similar to that of several small to medium-sized sparrows, except for white outer tail feathers, shown most conspicuously in flight. Bell’s sparrows are ground foragers and opportunistically consume a variety of plant and insect food items.