Cassin’s Sparrows! This bird and several others were singing loudly between
downpours in a semidesert grassland community southwest of Prescott this
Last summer Cassin’s Sparrows were documented well outside of their regular
breeding areas - no doubt owing in part to high levels of precipitation
that fall-winter-spring. However, in some parts of central Arizona, the
story may have less to do with irruptions and irregular conditions and more
to do with new or previously undiscovered breeding populations.
Their presence at the above location during this extreme drought year
strongly suggests their status as a regular breeder in this region of
Yavapai and supports the possibility elsewhere in central Arizona.
Parts of Mohave, Coconino, Maricopa, Gila, Navajo, Apache, Pinal and
Greenlee have potentially suitable habitat. This is the perfect time to go
check it out. Let the CASP surveys begin!