Wednesday, November 14, 2012
White-crowned Sparrows are back for the winter
I had my first White-crowned Sparrow back on their wintering spot in Pineville on September 28th of this year. Since then I have made two trips back in the month of October. As of the 26th of October there was 7 seen at one time. I'm hoping for a great showing this year. Last year during the Christmas count my partner and I had a huge flock of mixed sparrows. There was nearly 30 in total and I had him count the White-crowns while I searched for something different. At final count he had 17 White-crowns at one time! Incredible to say the least. I had been laying seed down on the road edge for a week prior to the count and it seemed everyone was fine with coming out in the open to feed which greatly helped with seeing all these birds at one time. I am planning a trip back early next week to see how the numbers are shaping up. Of special note is how many Song Sparrows were seen on the 26th of October. I had over 40 at one time in the newly formed fields. This is the same property I have mentioned often that is being heavily developed. I don't know my grasses and I am really not sure what it was that these Song Sparrows were going nuts about but I did take some photo's of it. I suspect it is some form of millet. If you know what it is for sure please write a comment.