Clay-colored Sparrow continues!

A Savannah Sparrow on a sprig of Mullen

A Savannah Sparrow on a sprig of Mullen

This morning, Arlene Borko and I birded the Deli Fields once again. The place continues to harbor perhaps hundreds of sparrows. As we checked a path to the right of the first road in on the right, I was surprised and delighted to find the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW again. Since I was the only one to see the bird last week, I was anxious to get Arlene on the bird. Even though it sat right in the path on the ground, the pale bird blended in with the sand and grass so well she couldn’t initially see it. It finally flew up to a sprig of Goldenrod and Arlene got a quick look before it dropped into the dense vegetation. I only got a couple more quick looks before it disappeared entirely. Once again I missed getting a photo of the bird. I searched the area extensively over the next hour, but couldn’t find it again. It is almost certainly still present and with the perfect habitat and extensive food supply, may remain for some time. Other sparrows seen this morning included abundant Song, Swamp, White-throated and Chipping Sparrows. Lincoln’s, Savannah, Field and White-crowned Sparrows were seen in much lower numbers and of course the one Clay-colored Sparrow. I didn’t find a Vesper Sparrow this morning. Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers continue to be abundant.

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