Friday, June 26, 2009

Little Brown Jobs Workshop a success. June 21, 2009

The Little Brown Jobs " Sparrow workshop" was a success. With an early morning start we headed out to the Dunrobin area and were able to view 6 species of sparrows on their breeding territory. This first was Song Sparrow, then Swamp Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow and then Field Sparrow. We were also entertained by a pair of Virginia Rail in a wetland area near Kilmaurs and the Red-headed Woodpeckers at Constance Bay. Our next stop was in the Richmond area where we searched for Vesper Sparrow and only heard a distant one singing but it would not come in. Finally, along Trail Road at the Landfill Site we had excellent views of Vesper Sparrow. By late morning we were south of the airport and quickly had Grasshoppper Sparrow along Leitrim Road. No luck with Clay-coloured Sparrow. Sitting at 8 speices and two to go our next stop was for the Lincoln's Sparrow at the Mer Bleu. Even though arriving at lunch time, not the best time, but we managed to see one near the entrance to the board walk. After great views, we headed to Riceville for our final species, Clay-coloured Sparrow. At Riceville we were able to have great views of Clay-coloured Sparrow and this was # 10 for the day!

Good birding,

Adult White-throated Sparrow carrying food.

The Chipping Sparrow can be found in a variety of habitats.

The Clay-coloured Sparrow is uncommon in eastern Ontario.

Like many sparrows, the Grasshopper Sparrow is easiest found by its distinctive song.

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