Date: 2/13/17 7:22 am From: James Watson (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow and Odd plumaged Sparrow type at Bear Island
While searching for the Great Kiskadee at Bear Island WMA in Colleton Co., SC yesterday, Pam Ford and I located a single Lincoln's Sparrow near the site where the GKIS is hanging out. If you go past Chapman Island Rd. on Pecan Tree Rd. (off Titi), toward the Edisto River you'll come to a field on the right with a mowed path next to the tree line. Walk down the mowed path to where the path begins to make the big turn toward the river, kind of in the corner of the field. I have marked the spot with a broken stick with grasses put on top to mark the spot. Two birds flushed from the grassy field on our left and into the the edge of the tree line where it became marshy. The birds flushed a few minutes apart. One was the Lincoln's Sparrow which we had good long looks at, and the other was a sparrow type with white wing patches. We had several glimpses of this bird and to me it looked like a Savannah Sparrow with with primary feathers, but Pam thought they were the coverts, which could possibly make it something different, and the bird was heavily streaked. Lark Bunting is the only species I know of that has white wing patches like that, so I suspect this bird is an aberrantly plumaged Savannah Sparrow, but who knows, the bird moved on the ground out of sight. So if you are in that area looking for the Kiskadee, you may want to walk down this mowed path to the marker and look around for these birds. I can send a map of exact location if you wish, just send me a private email. Happy Hunting!