Great day of Sparrows at the Bashakill

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I spent most of the day at the Bashakill, specifically Haven Road and the Deli Fields.  There was an abundance of sparrows at both locations which made it difficult to leave both spots.  On Haven Road, two VESPER SPARROWS cooperated the entire day, still there when I left at 5pm.  Karen Miller was with me initially and Ken McDermott joined me in the afternoon.  Originally, Charlie West and company informed us they were sure they had seen a Vesper, but it disappeared.  Almost immediately after they left, both Vespers came into full view.  Also present on Haven were a SAVANNAH SPARROW and LINCOLN’S SPARROW.  I also had my first migrant Dark-eyed Junco here.  Song and Swamp Sparrows completed the list.  Also moving through regularly were small groups of  AMERICAN PIPITS! I had a total of 15.  Moving on to the Deli Fields,  Chipping Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Field Sparrows and  single WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW  and VESPER SPARROW were present with many Song Sparrows. The other species of interest were a couple of Rusty Blackbirds at the Pine Boat Launch access road. I forgot to mention Shorebirds.  While at Haven Road, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER flew through, calling as it went.  Later, Ken McDermott had a flock of eight shorebirds (most likely Dunlin or Pectoral) fly by Haven Road.  Just before the end of the day, I had another flock of four shorebirds fly by.  They never vocalized, and I can’t be certain, but I think they were Dunlin.  That makes 18 Shorebirds reported from Haven Road in four days.  Not bad for October.



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