Grasshopper Sparrow—Quail Hill Loop, Irvine (Photos)

Ron Grabyan

Grasshopper Sparrow found (Song and Photos) at Quail Hill Loop Trail in Irvine today, April 19, 2019, between 8:15 am and 10:00 am.  The location is about 100 to 150 feet northwest of Lookout Point (33 39’ 19.94” N, 117 47’ 15.12” W).  The bird was perching on mustard seed branches 4-5 feet above ground about 30-50 feet to the west of the trail.  For almost two hours, it ranged alongside the trail about 100 feet.

The bird was vocalizing its song (exactly like the iBird Grasshopper Sparrow C1 recording) in sets of 3 or more songs, pausing for a few minutes between sets. I captured two recordings—Rode Recordings and Song Sleuth.

Shirley Reynolds had heard 3 Grasshopper Sparrows at this general location on Wednesday of this week.

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