Heather Farm Park, Grasshopper Sparrow
Around 9am on the south end of the natural pond, between the community
garden and a couple small oaks, Fred Safier, Hugh Harvey, and I, noticed a
light and somewhat buffy sparrow fly from cover on the ground to one of the small
oaks where it perched and provided excellent looks. A puzzle, at first, and
quite unexpected, of course, but a bit of study as it repositioned itself to
a more favorable light revealed what may be a first for the park, a GRASSHOPPER
It took a few moments but eventually the orangish supraloral spot became visible,
along with the white eye ring. The medial crown stripe was strong, flanked by a darker,
finely streaked lateral crown. Breast was slightly buffy relative to the lighter throat, the
bill was large, and the head rather flat. The nape was grayish and finely streaked; scapulars
showed some rufus. Tail was short. It did not vocalize but appeared to show interest
when I played a recording.
I hope it sticks around awhile.
Good birding, all.
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Continues, and was able to get photos
Sent from my mobile - please excuse nonstandard typography.
On Mon, Nov 22, 2021, 10:14 AM tracy_farrington via groups.io <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: