SONG SPARROW

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SONG SPARROW (Melospiza melodia)

SONG SPARROW (Melospiza melodia) (Melospiza melodia clementae)
[Zonotrichia melodia] [Mainland and Endemic]


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ANACAPA ISLAND

1927 Anacapa Island"Melospiza melodia clementae. San Clemente Song Sparrow. Following the treatment by van Rossem (CONDOR, XXVI, November, 1924, p. 219) the Song Sparrows which we noted commonly in the dahlia thickets are referred to this race. [“Through the generosity of Mr. Silsby M. Spalding who placed at our disposal his splendid cruiser Padariva I the writer accompanied by H. W. Carriger, Dudley DeGroot and 0. W. Howard was enabled to spend the period from March 25 to April 5, 1927, inclusive, among the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California.”]
Pemberton, J. R. Additions to the known avifauna of the Santa Barbara Islands The Condor 30(2):144-148, March-April 1928


SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND

1897 San Clemente Island:Melospiza fasciata clementae—San Clemente Song Sparrow—Common along the ravines and lower mesas near the coast, as well as scatteringly along the canons higher up. Its favorite haunts appeared to be the weed patches and low brush on the sides of the shallow ravines which cut the first mesa above the beach. Here their songs and call-notes, which were seemingly identical with those of the adjacent mainland race, M. f. heermanni, were continually heard. At the time of my first visit, nidification was in progress, and during the second visit many full-fledged juveniles were taken. Infortunately no nests were discovered. Seventeen adult specimens of M. f. clementae measure as lofflos: [measurements given]. Thirty-five specimens of the San Clemebnte Song Sparrow were secured...The party consisted of Joseph Grinnell, who had immediate charge of the expedition, and gave special attention to the ornithology and entomology of the islands; Horace Gaylord, who collected mammals; and Harry Gaylord and James Brittan [Britton] who devoted their time to archaeology. The party left San Pedro harbor May 11 in a large fishing schooner... [returning June 9, 1897]”
Grinnell, Joseph Report on the Birds recorded during a visit to the Islands of Santa Barbara, San Nicolas and San Clemente, in the Spring of 1897 Pasadena Academy of Sciences Publication No. 1, August, 1897 (26 pages).


1907 San Clemente Island:Melospiza clementi. San Clemente Song Sparrow. Abundant resident. Common in the yards at Howlands, nesting in the scrub cacti and vines within a few yards of the hacienda. March 31, three nests were found in the corral near the stables; one contained four young one week old, the others having incomplete sets. These nests were built a few inches from the ground in the center of the cacti beds, which, being covered with a thick growth of vines, completely hid the nests. A large series of skins preserved.” [“Visits were made to Clemente in January, February, March, April and October, 1907.”]
Linton, C. B. Notes from San Clemente Island The Condor 10:82-86, March 1908


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island C. H. Townsend NMNH January 25, 1889 USNM-117620 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ March 28, 1897 MVZ-36068 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ March 29, 1897 MVZ-36069 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell DMNH March 31, 1897 DMNH-8935 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ March 31, 1897 MVZ-36070 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ March 31, 1897 MVZ-36071 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ March 31, 1897 MVZ-36072 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell Carnegie MNH April 1, 1897 CMNH-29691 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ April 1, 1897 MVZ-36073 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ April 1, 1897 MVZ-36074 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ April 2, 1897 MVZ-36075 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ April 2, 1897 MVZ-36076 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ May 30, 1897 MVZ-36077 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ May 30, 1897 MVZ-36078 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ June 3, 1897 MVZ-36079 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ June 5, 1897 MVZ-36080 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 22, 1894 CM-10947 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 22, 1894 CM-10948 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 22, 1894 CM-10949 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 22, 1894 CM-10950 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony ROM August 22, 1894 ROM-88420 Zonotrichia melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony AMNH August 23, 1894 AMNH-763614 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 23, 1894 CM-10951 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 23, 1894 CM-10952 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 23, 1894 CM-10953 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony AMNH August 25, 1894 AMNH-763613 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CAS August 25, 1894 CAS-51589 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 25, 1894 CM-10954 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 25, 1894 CM-10955 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 25, 1894 CM-10956 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 25, 1894 CM-10957 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 25, 1894 CM-10958 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony UMMZ August 25, 1894 UMMZ-68777 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island A. W. Anthony CM August 28, 1894 CM-10960 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island unknown UMMZ August 27, 1990 UMMZ-83091 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton AMNH March 13, 1907 AMNH-763619 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton KU October 8, 1907 KU-27222 Melospiza melodia clemente Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton KU October 8, 1907 KU-27223 Melospiza melodia clemente Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton LACM October 9, 1907 LACM-23572 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton LACM October 10, 1907 LACM-23573 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. W. WRIGHT MCZ August 23, 1908 MCZ-316408 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. W. WRIGHT CAS August 27, 1908 CAS-82072 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. W. Wright CAS August 28, 1908 CAS-82073 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. W. Wright CAS August 27, 1908 CAS-82074 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. W. Wright CAS August 27, 1908 CAS-82075 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 12, 1908 MCZ-316414 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 14, 1908 MCZ-47328 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 14, 1908 MCZ-183466 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 14, 1908 MCZ-316406 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 14, 1908 MCZ-316412 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 14, 1908 MVZ-8442 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 14, 1908 MVZ-8446 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 14, 1908 MVZ-8459 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 14, 1908 MVZ-8465 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 14, 1908 MVZ-8472 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 14, 1908 MVZ-8476 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 15, 1908 MVZ-8439 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 15, 1908 MVZ-8458 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 16, 1908 MVZ-8454 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 16, 1908 MVZ-8462 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 16, 1908 MVZ-8464 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 17, 1908 MCZ-183467 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 17, 1908 MCZ-183468 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 17, 1908 MCZ-316411 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 17, 1908 MVZ-8441 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 17, 1908 MVZ-8469 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 17, 1908 MVZ-8445 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 17, 1908 MVZ-8453 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 17, 1908 MVZ-8471 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 17, 1908 MVZ-8474 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 17, 1908 MVZ-8475 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton ROM November 17, 1908 ROM-22.4.20.812 Zonotrichia melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 18, 1908 MVZ-8461 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 18, 1908 MVZ-8466 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 19, 1908 MCZ-316413 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 19, 1908 MVZ-8444 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 19, 1908 MVZ-8455 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton OMNH November 19, 1908 OMNH-15662 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 20, 1908 MCZ-316527 Zonotrichia iliaca Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 21, 1908 MVZ-8443 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 22, 1908 MCZ-47327 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 22, 1908 MVZ-8460 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 23, 1908 MCZ-316407 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 23, 1908 MCZ-316415 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 24, 1908 1907 MVZ-8478 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 25, 1908 MVZ-8463 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 25, 1908 MVZ-8475 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 25, 1908 MVZ-8477 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton UWBM November 25, 1908 UWBM-17760 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ November 23, 1908 MCZ-316417 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 29, 1908 MVZ-8457 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 29, 1908 MVZ-47330 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ November 30, 1908 MVZ-8456 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 1, 1908 MVZ-8452 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ December 3, 1908 MCZ-316416 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 3, 1908 MVZ-8447 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 3, 1908 MVZ-8448 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 3, 1908 MVZ-8470 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 3, 1908 MVZ-8473 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 4, 1908 MVZ-8440 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ December 5, 1908 MCZ-316410 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 5, 1908 MVZ-8449 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 5, 1908 MVZ-8450 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 5, 1908 MVZ-8451 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MCZ December 6, 1908 MCZ-316409 Zonotrichia melodia Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 6, 1908 MVZ-8468 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton ROM December 6, 1908 ROM-22.4.20.813 Zonotrichia melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island C. B. Linton MVZ December 15, 1908 MVZ-8467 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. W. Wright CAS July 24, 1909 CAS-82071 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. W. Wright CAS August 27, 1908 CAS-82074 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. W. Wright CAS August 27, 1908 CAS-82075 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball [?] AMNH April 2, 1914 AMNH-808380 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball [?] AMNH April 2, 1914 AMNH-808381 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball UMMZ April 2, 1914 UMMZ-166715 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball UMMZ April 2, 1914 UMMZ-166716 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball UMMZ April 4, 1914 UMMZ-166717 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball MVZ April 5, 1914 MVZ-106618 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball [?] AMNH April 5, 1914 AMNH-808382 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball UMMZ April 5, 1914 UMMZ-166718 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball [?] AMNH April 17, 1914 AMNH-808383 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball UMMZ April 18, 1914 UMMZ-166719 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball [?] AMNH April 23, 1914 AMNH-808384 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball MVZ April 23, 1914 MVZ-106617 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball UMMZ April 23, 1914 UMMZ-166720 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball [?] AMNH April 28, 1914 AMNH-808385 Melospiza melodia Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball UMMZ April 28, 1914 UMMZ-166721 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island H. H. Kimball MVZ April 30, 1914 MVZ-106618 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166728 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166730 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166731 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166732 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet (?) UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166733 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds
San Clemente Island M. M. Peet UMMZ June 21, 1938 UMMZ-166734 Melospiza melodia clementae Birds


SAN MIGUEL ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 21, 1927 MVZ-51535 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 21, 1927 MVZ-51536 Melospiza melodia micronyx holotype Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 21, 1927 MVZ-51537 Melospiza melodia micronyx holotype Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51538 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51539 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51540 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 27, 1927 MVZ-51541 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 30, 1927 MVZ-51551 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 30, 1927 MVZ-51552 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ September 30, 1927 MVZ-51553 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb MVZ October 1, 1927 MVZ-51557 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds
San Miguel Island Chester Lamb NMNH October 3, 1927 USNM-308955 Melospiza melodia micronyx Birds


SANTA BARBARA ISLAND

1897 Santa Barbara Island:Melospiza fasciata graminea — Santa Barbara Song Sparrow. The most abundant bird of Santa Barbara Island. Numerous everywhere, especially on the bush-covered fields on the south-eastern portion of the mesa. Their song, notes and action were apparently identical with those of the mainland Song Sparrow. If any different, the song of the island bird is a little weaker and briefer. Full-grown juveniles were numerous, more so than the adults which were all apparently engaged in nest-building or raising a second brood. Mr. Horace Gaylors and myself found five sets of the eggs of this species. The nests are all of practically the same size and composiiton. A typical one is supported by the obliquely-growing twigs of a bush; it is lined and internally composed of fine yellow grasses, in marked contrast with the larger brown grasses and weed stems of which the nest is basically built. The measurements of this nest are: Inside—diameter, 2.30; depth, 1.30. Outside—diameter, 4.00; depth, 3.30. In detail the sets are as follows: [descriptions of 5 sets]. This series in color and markings is absolutely indistinguishable from a series of the eggs of M. f. heermanni taken in the vicinity of Pasadena. Thirty-one specimens of the Santa Barbara Song Sparrow were secured. Nineteen adults measure [measurements] ...The party consisted of Joseph Grinnell, who had immediate charge of the expedition, and gave special attention to the ornithology and entomology of the islands; Horace Gaylord, who collected mammals; and Harry Gaylord and James Brittan [Britton] who devoted their time to archaeology. The party left San Pedro harbor May 11 in a large fishing schooner... [returning June 9, 1897]”
Grinnell, Joseph The Islands of Santa Barbara, San Nicolas and San Clemente, in the Spring of 1897 Pasadena Academy of Sciences Publication No. 1, August, 1897 (26 pages).


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Barbara Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ May 13, 1897 MVZ-36062 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ May 13, 1897 MVZ-36063 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ May 13, 1897 MVZ-36064 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ May 13, 1897 MVZ-36065 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ May 14, 1897 MVZ-77118 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ May 18, 1897 MVZ-36066 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island Joseph Grinnell MVZ May 18, 1897 MVZ-36067 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island H. W. Wright CAS August 3, 1909 CAS-82076 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island H. W. Wright CAS August 3, 1909 CAS-82077 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island H. W. Wright CAS August 3, 1909 CAS-82078 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island H. W. Wright CAS August 3, 1909 CAS-82079 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island H. W. Wright CAS August 3, 1909 CAS-82080 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Santa Barbara Island H. W. Wright SDNHM August 3, 1909 SDNHM-29713 Melospiza melodia Birds
Santa Barbara Island J. E. Law CMNH March 29, 1918 CMNH-6421 Melospiza melodia Birds
Santa Barbara Island J. E. Law CMNH March 29, 1918 CMNH-144466 Melospiza melodia Birds
Santa Barbara Island J. E. Law NMNH March 29, 1918 USNM-489867 Melospiza melodia Birds
Santa Barbara Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ March 27, 1927 WFVZ-84352 Zonotrichia melodia Eggs
Santa Barbara Island J. R. Pemberton WFVZ March 27, 1927 WFVZ-6205 Zonotrichia melodia Eggs


SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

1897 Santa Cruz Island: “With much interest I read Mr. Jos. Mailliard's article on the birds of Santa Cruz Island in the May-June number of the Bulletin, and finding his experience different from mine in some particulars, I submit a few notes taken principally on the west end of the island in May, 1897. I saw and collected in two or three different canons near the ocean specimens of the song sparrow (M. f. graminea). F... Following is a list of birds observed during my stay:- Santa Barbara Song Sparrow (Melospiza fasciata graminae);...” Beck, R.H. Additional Notes on the Birds of Santa Cruz Island, Cal., 1899


1898 Santa Cruz Island: “...Song Sparrows, recently identified as Melospiza faciata gramminea, were frequently heard around the vegetable garden at Iaaplaya (Main Ranch) and often seen. This garden was surrounded by a very thick trimmed hedge of cypress which was the abiding place of these birds. A singular feature in connection with this sparrow was the fact that although shot as soon as they appeared in this garden, there would be two or three more in a day or so, and yet none were found anywhere else in the vicinity or on the whole island, except on a small creek some seven or eight miles from Laplaya, where one or two were seen...”
Mailliard, Jos., Spring Notes on the Birds of Santa Cruz Island, Cal., April,1898 The Condor 1(1):41-45, April 1899


1907 Santa Cruz Island:Melospiza graminea (?) . Santa Barbara Song Sparrow. Fairly common.” [“At 11:30 p. m., November 19, 1907, my father (H. Linton), Mr. George Willett, and myself left San Pedro harbor in a dilapidated fishing smack and in company with a crawfisherman, one “Cold-foot” Jorgensen. We arrived off the south end of Santa Cruz Island at 10:30 the following day during a stiff norwester. For various reasons we were unable to make camp until the 22nd. It may not be amiss to state here that twice during the blow we were nearly wrecked: once while at anchor in Potatoe Harbor, a broken anchor allowing the boat to drift within the breaker line and nearly onto the rocks. In this instance the timely arrival of Willett and H. Linton in a small boat, saved the day, and incidentally the fishing smack. At another time (the engine having broken down) we were blown nearly onto the rocks of Anacapa Island; but with father at the wheel and Willett and I on the “sheet” we managed to hold her off. I mention the foregoing, and the many sleepless nights spent on the rocky shores, “running” the surf several times each day (with attendant duckings), etc., merely as a warning to those who seem inclined to believe a field naturalist’s life “strewn with roses”. (Its ’ generally strewn with cacti!)”]
Linton, C. B. Notes from Santa Cruz Island] The Condor 10(3):124-129, May 1908


ISLAS CORONADOS
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Islas Coronados Joseph Grinnell MVZ August 7, 1902 MVZ-36081 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Islas Coronados Joseph Grinnell MVZ August 7, 1902 MVZ-36082 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Islas Coronados Joseph Grinnell MVZ August 7, 1902 MVZ-36083 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Islas Coronados Joseph Grinnell MVZ August 7, 1902 MVZ-36084 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Islas Coronados Joseph Grinnell MVZ August 7, 1902 MVZ-36085 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Islas Coronados Joseph Grinnell MVZ August 7, 1902 MVZ-36086 Melospiza melodia graminea Birds
Islas Coronados E. E. Sechrist WFVZ May 28, 1916 WFVZ 220810 Zonotrichia melodia eggs