I think there are a lot more of these guys than people realize.  If you 
don't happen to know what a grasshopper sparrow sounds like, take a 
listen here 
<https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Grasshopper_Sparrow/sounds> - it's 
pretty distinctive.  At least in Lodi, Ovid & Romulus, many of the 
fields that harbor bobolinks also have a grasshopper sparrow or two or 
three if you stop and listen.  They don't sing as continually as the 
bobolinks do, but they pipe up periodically and their song carries 
surprisingly well. Even the introductory very high tick notes often can 
be heard - higher and shorter than a Savannah Sparrow's - and the buzzy 
main part of the song is distinctive and clearly audible over a distance.

Grasshopper Sparrows have been annual residents on the western section 
of Combs Rd in Ovid and are back again this year, although later than 
usual.  They also are back on McCarriger Road and on Rte 131 just south 
of Willard Wildlife Management Area (also in Ovid), and may well be in 
WWMA as well, I haven't had time to check.  In years past they have been 
in the fields leading down to Lodi Point in Lodi, in fields on Hayt 
Corners Rd near Iron Bridge Road in Romulus, and other spots between 
Seneca and Cayuga Lakes including many of the grasslands in the National 
Forest, and likely on the east side of Cayuga Lake, too.

As you note birds the Breeding Bird Atlas, you miight want to keep an 
ear out. Grasshopper Sparrows are singing right now and since they are a 
good grassland indicator, it might be particularly useful later to have 
accurate entries for them now.

Plus it's fun to find them.



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