Savannah Back

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

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.

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

More about Savannah Sparrows: Cornell Wikipedia Audubon In Chavez Park

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  • October 27, 2020 at 9:54 pm
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    We saw this gorgeous creature along the East side of the trail on the left side of the walk as we were heading toward Richmond, just before the burrowing owl sanctuary.

    This blog is one of the highlights of my day.
    Thank you so much for your posts – what a balm in these scary and frankly awful times. I am always cheered when I see there is another one for me to open and delight in. I have always loved this park – but you make it even more special and wonderful.

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