Saturday, July 4, 2015
Wayne Co. Dickcissels - 03 Jul 2015
The drive into the airport was met with the usual suspects: Savannah Sparrows and Eastern Meadowlarks were singing and could be seen either on the fence or flying over the grass. But I was surprised to hear the "Tsit-ser-ziiiii" of Grasshopper Sparrows coming from the large hills across from the airport. Though I waited for a long time the birds would never show. I would eventually see a pair of Grasshopper Sparrows about halfway up the hill singing on grass tips.
I would dip on Upland Sandpipers, but not unexpected. Soybeans and oats have been planted all along the fence line where the sandpipers are normally seen, so they have either been driven away, or are hiding farther inside the airport proper. Allen Chartier did report a pair of them in early June...