[Tweeters] Steigerwald Burrowing Owl still there

littlebirder littlebirder at pacifier.com
Fri Apr 1 14:37:39 PDT 2016

 A beautiful sunny morning at Steigerwald NWR birding.  The Burrowing Owl is still hanging out near the barn and hay shed. It was tucked under a railroad tie sticking up around the west end of the hay shed. Luckily for us others had already steaked it out. 
One of the young guys we walked with a while had mentioned that someone else had said they had seen two Burrowing Owls. That would be so great if there were two and they were a pair. It is great spot for them
It was a 2 owl for I spotted a Great Horned Owl in the trees at the east end of the heron rookery.

Sherry HagenVancouver, WAlittlebirder at gmail.com
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone-------- Original message --------From: Mike & MerryLynn <m.denny at charter.net> Date: 4/1/2016 9:14 AM (GMT-08:00) To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu> Subject: [Tweeters] A New Species of Junco

Hello All,

Just came across this very interesting paper on the discovery of a
whole new species of Junco here in North America. The story of its
discovery is astonishing to say the least. Unorthodox and
precedent setting within the world of Ornithology.

On 7 March 2012 a beginning birder and new immigrant to this
country by the name of Isak C. Jasitt was hiking up Santa Marta
Canyon, Pasqual County, Arizona when he came across a small
feeding flock of sparrows, finches and juncos. Being a student of
perception he stated that he always takes notes about his
observations here in his new land. He noted several different
species comprising this small flock and even sketched a couple of
the individuals he found intriguing-one being a small yellow eyed
bird with a gray hood and a noticeable crest edged with white.
Looking through his newly acquired Birds of Arizona by C.P.
Stecker, Isak was unable to locate the bird in this very
dependable field guide. Isak kept his notes in a loose leaf binder
for quick reference. Several hours later he hiked back down the
canyon to his car and returned home. Somewhere and some how that
page with his notes and sketches slipped out of the binder and
where lost.

Weeks passed and the emanate Ornithologist Dr. Roland G.Parnell
along with two post graduate students Stacy Bach and Thomas
Lazwick started hiking into Santa Marta Canyon on a pre-class
exploration of the area. About an hour later Stacy discovered a
sheet of notes in a bunch grass clump. There in the notes were
several nice drawings of common sparrows and one of a unknown
bird. The notes were detailed and clear. Dr. Parnell took a close
look at these notes and realized a careful observer had written
them. Taking the notes back to his office he was able to review
them and after conferring with several of his peers announced the
discovery of a new species of Junco sight unseen. This new species
was officially named the Southern Crested Junco ( H. arvensis). So
somewhere in Santa Marta Canyon is a new species of junco that is
now on the list of North American birds. In 2014 Isak Jasitt
purchased a new field guide for the birds of the desert southwest
and there he found a painting of the interesting bird he had
observed years before. He contacted the author of this book and
shared his portion of the story.

So somewhere in Santa Marta Canyon is a new species to science
that has never been photographed, collected or its DNA poured out
for review. Amazing!       

Mike & MerryLynn Denny
Birding the Beautiful Walla Walla Valley
"If you haven't gone birding, you haven't lived"

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