Friday, July 1, 2016

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) - 23May2016

Ammodramus sparrows are good sparrows.  I think it's the big heads that make them so interesting.  Actually I am not sure if the head is big or it's just the way the big bill is a continuation of the forehead which makes the head look big. You know what they say about big heads, they hold big brains.  The Grasshopper Sparrow and other Ammodramus sparrows are loners and usually you will only see one or two in an area.  But they are smart and manage to eek out a living.  This guy was at the Beargrass VOA site in NC which is unique in itself.  VOA stands for Voice of America and was a broadcast spot for radio sponsored by the US government during WWII.  The Beargrass site was the last of the VOA sites to be operating.  They finally only this year took down the radio tower and I have heard the State of NC will be taking it over and making it a park.  I hope they keep the habitat maintained for the Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows.

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