The ranks of the migrant sparrows returning to the park grew with the appearance of this Savannah Sparrow on the east side, the same area where they’ve been seen in past years. This individual took advantage of the abundant dry fennel seeds growing along the water’s edge, and then found more items of interest on the ground.
Some of these birds migrate north in the spring, but others remain here and nest in the tall grass, when available. We saw them last year and were able to document their breeding in the meadow just south of the flare station. Red-winged Blackbirds also nested in the tall grass, and Western Meadowlarks very probably did likewise.