Sorting Sparrows: Savannah Sparrow

Photo of Savannah Sparrow on stone

Savannah Sparrows are grassland birds with buzzy songs. Often mistaken for Song Sparrows, Savannahs have comparably smaller bills, shorter, notched tails, and – to my ear – softer call notes. And, Savannah Sparrows typically have a distinctive yellow patch between each eye and upper bill. During the summer, these birds are found mostly in open field-type habitats, but during migration they can turn up in a variety of settings.  I photographed this bird at the Plainville Cemetery in late April.

Photo of Savannah Sparrow

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