Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21 - Inwood Hill Park - Sparrow Days

The fall Sparrow Days are here. Large numbers of sparrows are in and have been in for days now. The majority are White-throated Sparrows, but there is a good variety of others around also. On Sunday morning, October 19, I had eight species of sparrows just around the fenced weedy area on the north side of the soccer fields at the north end of the park: Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow; Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco. Nadir Sourigi had a ninth species there, a White-crowned Sparrow. Later in the day Ann and I were at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn and saw several White-crowns there, as well as a Vesper and a Clay-colored, bringing my sparrow species count for the day to eleven. This afternoon, watching the Muscota Marsh area from my apartment window I saw Field Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow (1), Song Sparrow (many), and Swamp Sparrow (at least 5, including an adult). The Field Sparrow was new to my apartment bird list and brings my total to 114 species.

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