I last saw Savannah Sparrows with their iconic yellow eyebrows in March of this year. Those frequented the east side of the park around the flare station. I keep looking for them in that area but without success. This time I saw one on the north side, north of the paved path, at the water’s edge. It had White-crowned Sparrows as neighbors. They were all scratching through the low brush and the exposed dirt looking for seeds and insects. The Savannah was less likely to forage out in the open than the white-crowned; it favored spots with some low vegetation cover. The next day I saw another Savannah a bit further west, near the Peace Symbol, and caught it as it was crossing a footpath, in open sun.
As we saw in springtime last year, the Savannah Sparrow will breed and nest in the park, if given half a chance. It’s a ground nester. It needs grasses and other vegetation growing at least knee high to feel safe. Several other species, including the Western Meadowlark and Red-winged Blackbirds, need tall vegetation for nesting.