Date: 6/27/18 10:39 am From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Grasshopper Sparrow north of Corvallis
This morning while working on a Vesper Sparrow monitoring site in northern Benton County, Bob Altman and I heard a male GRASSHOPPER SPARROW that sang off and on from around 6:15 am to 8 am. The bird had an unusual song, missing the introductory "tick" notes, or sometimes just giving a single "tick" prior to the long "bzzzzz" section of his song.
It seems likely that this bird just wandered in from somewhere else. We've spent many hours in this location since late April, so it's unlikely that we would have missed him earlier. He seemed to be roaming over a large area, rather than sticking to a distinct territory.
There's been a paucity of Grasshopper Sparrow reports from Benton County this year. I haven't seen any reports from Finley NWR, which has hosted multiple pairs on the North Prairie in recent years. Has anyone gotten out to check for them there this year?
There have been regular reports from along Belts Rd. in SW Linn Co., and from the south side of Baskett Butte at Baskett Slough NWR in Polk Co.