It's amazing sometimes how good a relatively small area can be. There's a field on Canal St. just south of Lake Jesup, and a fellow birder posted finding Vesper Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows there. So off I went to find them. It's a very pretty area, with Orange and Palm Tree groves on both sides of the street, and then there's this plain open field. On the southern end of the field is a barbed wire fence surrounded by grasses and other vegetation. When I arrived, the fence was just crawling with Savannah Sparrows. I studied the sparrows here for a while, and I was able to pick out one Vesper Sparrow and two Grasshopper Sparrows (no White-crowned). The lighting was pretty good, so I also had fun photographing some of the other birds along the fence line, in particular a Gray Catbird, Carolina Wren and Yellow-rumped Warbler. The Vesper Sparrow is a lifer for me, and fittingly, my first photos of it were less than what I would have liked, but you can definitely make out the white eye ring and white outer tail feathers.
|Vesper Sparrow (l) with Savannah Sparrow (r)|
Looks like a really nice field! Wonderful images of course. Congratulations on the Vesper Sparrow!ReplyDelete
Great spot. I need to work on my sparrow ID with a good spot like this to see a lot.ReplyDelete
It appears to be a wonderful spot for sparrows and other birds. Congrats on the Vesper!ReplyDelete