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Nesting of Belding's Sparrow

Howard Robertson
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
4 (July-August)
Section: 
Echoes from the Field
Year: 
1899
Pages: 
73
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Nesting of Belding's Sparrow.

(Ammodramus beldingi.)

April 21, 1899 while collecting near Santa Monica I was fortunate enough to discover three nests of Belding's Sparrow, two containing eggs and one containing young. The nests were placed in the salt grass about six inches above the ground and were composed principally of large and small straws of the salt grass with a few straws of Bermuda grass interwoven. The first nest, which contained four eggs, was well lined with horse-hair while the second nest (1/3) was lined mostly with fine straws, some hairs and a few gull feathers. The eggs were of a light blue ground color, with irregular markings of lilac and reddish brown. The set of four is marked almost entirely at the larger end, while the other set is well washed over the entire surface. Both sets were incubated about three-fifths.

HOWARD ROBERTSON

Los Angeles, Cal.

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