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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nelson's Sparrow- YES!

There will be many more details to come, but I am happy to announce that today (27 Sep) Tim Baerwald found an inland weedy, flooded field which held at least 2, probably more Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows in Berrien County this morning! My 2 years of searching for the species in Michigan have finally led to a hit- although not one I found on my own.

Here are photos of 1 of the birds and several of the habitat. If you join Tim in his search tomorrow morning (public access is still being worked out), be forewarned that the water is knee-high in many areas, and the whole area is weedy and mucky!

Enjoy the photos, more analysis to come...


Birdfreak said...

Congratulations, worth the muck to find a great bird!

Ginger said...

I'm a graduate student working with both species of Sharp-tailed Sparrow, and I'd be very interested in hearing more about which species (and subspecies) you're finding and where. I'm able to easily get both species off the NC coast during the winter but am actively looking for places to find them in their breeding habitats or migration routes. If you are willing to share information, please contact me! Thanks (and great pictures!)!