Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Grass Lake, Cambridge, ON
4 August 2014
It seems to be an immutable law when attempting to photograph Sandwich Sparrows that the moment you lift the camera the bird flies off! So, this individual was the exception to the rule and posed for a brief time, but enough to get a couple of shots.
Savannah Sparrow is a common grassland species and is easy to find from spring through fall. Its nest is constructed in a hollow scraped into the ground, with the rim at ground level, often concealed by a dome. I have never succeeded in locating a nest and I suspect that in recent years many fail due the early cuts of hay now practiced by most farmers.