Rufous-Crowned Sparrow Near Stanford University
Rufous-crowned Sparrow near Stanford University
During the week from August 29 to September 4, 1904, I was camped in a ravine among the hills opposite Hidden Villa, which is on an old ranch near the base of Black Mountain, Santa Clara County, and about six miles from Stanford University. Here I heard the peculiar notes of the rufous-crowned sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) almost daily, and saw several of the birds. On August 30 I procured a specimen, which is No. 5965 of my collection. The species was noted only on a southern hillside covered with a low growth of greasewood brush (Adenostoma). In this same place the Bell sparrow and dusky poor-will were also common.