Black-chinned Sparrow found on the Bell View Trail NE in Rancho Santa Margarita

On Saturday, May 9, 2015 I had left O’Neill Park approximately 6pm and headed for the Bell View Trail NE in Rancho Santa Margarita in hopes of finding the Black-chinned Sparrow.  A recent visit to this location on April 18 offered no sightings though earlier this year, they were seen/heard at the local Starr Ranch (restricted access).

At 6:40 PM at this GPS location 33.6580, -117.5567, I heard the song and moments later was able to locate a male singing nearby along with its companion.  The male was cooperative and did not takeoff while I made further observations.

The images below and the link to the Black-chinned Sparrow photo gallery has been updated as of May 11, 2015.  The Black-chinned Saprrow song can be heard on Xeno-Canto courtesy of Micah Riegner…it’s worth a listen.

Photo taken on the Bell View Trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on May 9, 2015
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on May 9, 2015
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on May 9, 2015
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on May 9, 2015
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on May 9, 2015
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on May 9, 2015
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on May 9, 2015
Photo taken on the Bell View Trail in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA on May 9, 2015

 

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