Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesHenslow's Sparrow Photos

Birders are enjoying seeing and hearing the Henslow's Sparrow along Wylie Road. We feel it's behaving like an unmated male based on its frequent singing even at midday. Distance to the Henslow's averages about 50 m from the road. This is the first Henslow's Sparrow we've seen on the Carden Alvar in over 16 years of birding there. See photo of the Henslow's Sparrow and a habitat photo taken yesterday morning from the roadside through a telescope (digiscoping) without the bird even knowing it. See website: Click on Henslow's under Latest Additions.

Directions: The Henslow's is in the field west of Wylie Road about 200 m north of intersection with McNamee Road, just past a little ridge with scattered trees. Best to go early in the morning (sun at back and less wind) or late afternoon if cloudy. It sings often and its short "tse-Slick" song carries well, but is somewhat ventriloquial. Scan for it with binoculars then use a scope for a better view.

Good luck,

Jean Iron & Ron Pittaway
Toronto & Minden ON


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