Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sagebrush Sparrows on Mud Flat Road

In mid-March southwest Idaho experienced a really strong wave of migrant Sagebrush Sparrows. They are local breeders on the right habitat, but a fair number pass through on their way to spread out all the way up to the northern edge of the Great Basin as well. We took a trip out to the Mud Flat Road in Owyhee County hoping to get in on the action.

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Map of our Sagebrush Sparrow spot on Mud Flat Road, Owyhee County.

The habitat out along the Mud Flat Road is great for Sagebrush Sparrow for all of the warmer months of the year. Sagebrush as far as the eye can see.

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Sagebrush sea on the Mud Flat Road, Owyhee County. March 15, 2015.

We drove slowly (luckily there was little to no traffic) and kept an eye on the desert looking for any movement, and occasionally stopping to listen for calls. Eventually, we found a little strip that was a little greener (satellite maps kind of make it look like there might occasionally be some spring water trickling through) that had several birds on it. Closer inspection revealed we had found our target, a nice little flock of Sagebrush Sparrows.

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Sagebrush Sparrow on Mud Flat Road, Owyhee County. March 15, 2015.

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Sagebrush Sparrow on Mud Flat Road, Owyhee County. March 15, 2015.

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Sagebrush Sparrow on Mud Flat Road, Owyhee County. March 15, 2015.

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