I love fall migration, don’t get me wrong, but I get really excited when sparrows start coming in. This past Saturday I found my first Savannah Sparrow at Merritt Island, and today I went to my favorite local spot for sparrows on a little street south of Lake Jesup. It’s just a fence line with dense vegetation around it and an open field on both sides.
But it’s a great spot for sparrows. Today I found Swamp, Savannah and Grasshopper Sparrows here. The Grasshopper Sparrows were unusually cooperative. Shortly after I arrived I saw one perch a distance away on the top of a fence post along with a Savannah Sparrow.
Then a little later a couple flew pretty close to me; one perched on a fence post and another on a plant, and they posed for a few minutes. Shortly after they left I saw two again in similar places. Perhaps they’re the same two.
They gave me my best photos of the species I have to date. I’m looking forward to what else might come in over the next couple months!