More Grasshopper Sparrows - Coast & Branscomb Areas
- Fri, 15 Jun 2012 -- Prior to the sun rising over the hills
to the east of Hwy 1, I heard singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS
at different locations. Just east of the mailboxes of Ocean
Meadows at mm 70.32, there were two GRSP singing along with
a few SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Checking identical habitat, there
were two more GRSP at mm 72.21 and one GRSP at mm 72.47.
Again, there were a few Savannahs nearby. The grasses are
tall at all of these areas, with the land flat or with slight
slopes. I listened north to Bruhel Point, but only heard one
Savannah. The grasses were shorter with the slopes steeper.
It definitely helped to distinguish between the similar songs
with the use of the Cornell Birdseye app on my iPhone.
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 -- Bob Keiffer and I did his Breeding Bird
Survey from Laytonville to the coast on Branscomb Rd. East
of the town of Branscomb, there is suitable grassland with
tall grasses growing. We heard two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS at
one spot near a small house with a pond and one GRSP at a
location closer to Branscomb.
They are having a banner year including the several at HREC
and the one Bob found between HREC and the Russian River.
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California
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- In Potter Valley there have been more Grasshopper Sparrows than usual.
In May I observed at least five individuals at three locations on Pine
Avenue and Burris Lane. Over the month there were more records than all
previous years combined. I am no longer encountering them sitting up and
singing, but probably they are still around with the nesting season
Potter Valley, MEN, CA