Shawangunk Grasslands NWR – HENSLOW’S SPARROW!

The male HENSLOW’S SPARROW at the grasslands today.


I was viewing my third owl species of the day (Great Horned) at the Bashakill this afternoon when I got a call from Tom Burke. He was at the Shawangunk Grasslands NWR viewing the continuing Dickcissel when he found a singing male HENSLOW’S SPARROW! I headed right over! I met Tom and Gail along with Karen Miller at the spot, not far from the viewing blind where the Dickcissel is being seen. It took a little while, but the Henslow’s began singing and showing itself. What an exciting experience! Everyone was able to get some shots of the bird and mine weren’t bad either. More and more birders began to arrive as the word spread. Once again Tom has found another great rarity. Thanks Tom and Gail! Hopefully this bird will somehow manage to find a mate and start a breeding population at the grasslands. Another bonus of the trip (as if Grasshopper Sparrow and Dickcissel weren’t enough) was a calling Upland Sandpiper out in the distance. Great birding!

Another shot of this great rarity in our area.

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2 Responses to Shawangunk Grasslands NWR – HENSLOW’S SPARROW!

  1. Nice to see you out there today John. Great job with the HESP photos – love them, especially the top one.

  2. Thanks Matt and congratulations on two lifers!

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