Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sparrows on a warm morning

Savannah Sparrow
 I stopped by Nahanton this morning hoping for a mix of sparrows and warblers migrating through, and I only found one unidentified warbler before a Cooper's hawk bombed into the tree. Mary Lou and I tried our best  to track down more. There were plenty of sparrows in the gardens though and I wished that I was better with identifying them! The sparrow in the top picture I just can't figure out, I'm leaning towards Savannah sparrow, but that doesn't seem to sit well either. If you have any thought please let me know!

There were lots of easier Song, Savannah, Swamp, and Chipping Sparrows though. I almost wondered if I'd had a candidate Clay Colored. But it was only the briefest of glimpses.

Beyond the usual suspects I was very happy to find the Solitary Sandpiper by the vernal pool. I've had them at City Hall and Hammond Pond, but this was my first time seeing a Solitary Sandpiper at Nahanton.

Here is the full list:
Solitary Sandpiper

1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 gull sp.
3 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
5 Blue Jay
3 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
Swamp Sparrow
1 House Wren
10 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 Warbler sp.
4 Savannah Sparrow
15 Song Sparrow
3 Swamp Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
2 sparrow sp.
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Common Grackle
5 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch

P.S. The consensus is that the sparrow at the top is indeed at Savannah Sparrow. The face just had much for buff and less contrast than I am used to seeing.

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