Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum), Bonito Prairie, Apache County
This Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) was
found and photographed by Eric Hough on 23 July 2017
Casual in Apache County with only a handful of
migrant records. At least two singing males were present
in appropriate breeding habitat and season indicative of
possible local breeding. Outside of southeastern Arizona
where the ammolegus subspecies breeds, the
only other breeding location is in Yavapai County where
the northern perpallidus subspecies breeds.
It is unknown if this is an overlooked breeding
location, or a rare or irruptive event.
Large head and bill, short spiky tail,
complete white eye ring, lack of a dark lateral throat
stripe, dark spot on auriculars, buffy mark on
supraloral, and unmarked underparts help identify this as a Grasshopper Sparrow.
23 July 2017, photo by Eric HoughAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 26 September 2017