Grasshopper Sparrow

Grasshopper sparrows were confirmed as breeders in the state. These reports come from Block 104, Buena Vista; 354, Iuka, and 327, Holly Springs. Virginia Reynolds had an adult feeding young on July 11.

A difficult species to identify in the field because of its lack of clear markings, the slope-headed grasshopper sparrows are usually found by hearing their sounds. Short, cut hay fields with dickcissels and meadowlarks are the best places to look. A probable status can be obtained by placing them on territory. Confirmation comes when the young join the parents on the fences along roads.

BBS records indicate a few reports from across the northern third of the state and along the southern border with Louisiana.

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