Yesterday on a point count survey at Franklin County Airport (an IBA), I
12 Grasshopper Sparrows, including several juveniles
8 Savannah Sparrows, including juveniles
2 Vesper Sparrows
1 Horned Lark, carrying food
So that's a couple of nice confirmations for the IBA, and it's good to see
that the Grasshopper Sparrow population is doing quite well, even with all the
hangar construction in the past few years. If Savannahs and Vespers had been
singing, like the Grasshoppers, I'm sure their counts would have been higher,
considering that Savannahs usually out-number Grasshoppers on these counts.
If you visit the airport, the highest concentration of sparrows is in the
southwest corner of the fenced area. Just pull into the gravel road at the
south fence, park, and walk down the road. They're also in the field south of
the gravel road. But hurry, because they'll be gone by the end of July!