Sad Savannah

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

This Savannah Sparrow foraged for bugs, its favorite food, on the rocks on the east side of the park, just a bit south of the meadow flanking the Flare Station. I haven’t seen any Savannah Sparrows since April this year (see “Mown Away” April 30 2021) and I’m wondering whether this isn’t another bird from the batch that was born here in the spring of 2019, when a benevolent Parks management allowed the native vegetation to grow there unmowed, for once. Savanna Sparrows have an inborn drive to return to the spot where they hatched. This year, unfortunately, the management’s new mowing machines chewed up the area, leaving nothing that a bird could relate to as home.

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