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Lincoln Sparrow in San Francisco

Joseph Mailliard
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
22
Issue: 
1 (January-February)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1920
Pages: 
43

Lincoln Sparrow In San Francisco

Another species to be added to the list of birds of San Francisco, California, is the Lincoln Sparrow (Mwlospiza lincolni lincolni), the record for which came about as follows: On September 13, 1919, while walking south along Broadway from Fillmore street, shortly after the noon whistles had blown, I came across a bird of this species lying on the sidewalk. It had evidently flown against one of the wires overhead with sufficient force as to cause instant death, the contusion being plainly visible upon the side of the head and neck. This accident must have happened in the night, for the condition of the bird’s body was such as to show that it had been dead for some hours. In fact a few of the feathers of the abdomen “slipped”, in making up the skin, where the sun’s rays had hastened decomposition. It proved to be a male bird of the year.

Joseph Mailliard

San Francisco, November 1, 1919

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