Bashakill Sparrows

A juvenile White-crowned Sparrow on Haven Road.

A juvenile White-crowned Sparrow on Haven Road.


This morning, Karen Miller and I birded the Bashakill. There were many highlights, but the best showing of birds were sparrows. Haven Road was alive with sparrows, many having come in again overnight. Song and Swamp were expectedly the most numerous. Among these more common sparrows were a beautiful juvenile WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and a really gorgeous VESPER SPARROW! Warbler numbers were down a bit from yesterday, but we still managed many Yellow-rumped Warblers, a couple of Palm Warblers and one Common Yellowthroat. On the birch trail, birded both north and south from the Main Boat Launch, White-throated Sparrows were fairly numerous, but down from recent days. 75 Rusty Blackbirds were feeding along the trail south of the launch. Green-winged Teal (38), Mallards, Wood Ducks and Canada Geese were all seen. Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a few Gold-crowned Kinglets were present. The Great Egrets were gone today. Two DUNLIN flying down the kill from the boat launch were a pleasant surprise! It was so busy, we never even made it to the Nature trail or Deli Fields. Great birding!
A beautiful VESPER SPARROW along Haven Road.

A beautiful VESPER SPARROW along Haven Road.

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2 Responses to Bashakill Sparrows

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Sounds as though you had a lovely morning! The sparrows are so beautiful at this time of year.

  2. Thanks Kathy, and yes they are!

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