...struck me as the perfect mnemonic as I heard, then saw, my first
GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS today.
I was determined this morning to find G-Sparrows but considering the cost of
gas these days couldn't quite justify driving all the way to Franklin
Airport or to the grasslands near Fort Edward, NY. I decided to keep it
local and survey the farms and fields of the Panton/Addison area. The first
birds I saw (3 total) were 4/10 of a mile down Gage Road on the left-hand
side, one bird offering fantastic views as it sung atop a DCWMA sign. An
hour or so later I located 2 birds on the right side of Farr Cross Road
round about the same distance from 22A as the Gage Road birds. These 2
seemed a pair since one moment I saw them plunk down in the field together.
One thing is clear about these sparrows--they are very particular about
habitat. I scoured fields that were a little more closely cropped than the
ones I found them in and there were none to be found.
Also seen this morning:
male ORCHARD ORIOLE, BROWN THRASHER, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER at Farrell Access
2 MEADOWLARKS and a bunch of BOBOLINK at Gage Road