In today’s episode, we’ll compare three birds that have some similarities – all are plain sparrows with a reddish cap (at least in the summer as adults), plain undersides and an eyestripe.  I’m going to stick to adults for now, as the young birds can be tricky even after you’ve been birding for a while. … Read More


Our next two sparrows are not streaky as adults, and only faintly streaky as young birds.  They’re both notable for their head markings, which make them pretty easy to tell, but both come in two “flavors”, one of which can be a little confusing at first.  We’ll start with the easy one, which is usually… Read More


Our next streaky sparrow is a bird of open fields, like the Savannah Sparrow, and like the Savannah Sparrow, is a bit like a more finely-streaked, and lighter-appearing Song Sparrow.  There are some differences, though.  Remember, the Savannah Sparrow, usually has yellow lores above and in front of the eyes.  This is a pretty good… Read More


Although the morning was overcast and a bit threatening, the impending rain held off the whole time, and we had a very pleasant walk through the fields below the nature center.  The turnout included Simon Best and his three Best sons, and Charles Brohawn, but despite the cool, overcast conditions we had quite a decent… Read More


Here in the east, there are two sparrows we can encounter that look rather like Song Sparrows.  Both, like Song Sparrows, can show a good range of variation, but both have certain things to look for that will let us tell them from Song Sparrows.  The first one is the fairly common Savannah Sparrow.  Remember… Read More


If August is Shorebird Month, and September is Confusing Fall Warbler Month, October is Sparrow Month.   This can be tough, particularly when you’re just starting out.  Many sparrows look like other sparrows, and it doesn’t help that they like to skulk around in the brush and weeds, only popping up for a brief look around… Read More


It was a sunny and clear day.  Actually, it was hot and steamy, but a breeze came up about an hour in, which eased the pain somewhat..  The bird numbers and variety were both a bit down from past years, but we had a good selection of warblers, flycatchers and raptors for the three youth… Read More


John Robinson is the program leader and an experienced birder and naturalist.  While not particularly good at creating websites, he has years of practice showing people how to identify birds (and lots other things). We may have various other birders and naturalists assisting with the walks, as well.  Volunteers are always appreciated.… Read More