Anyway, it's July. July is the worst. It is the time of year where birders retreat back into their holes to avoid the oppressive heat and general lack of bird life. But a few weeks ago, while I was trying (and failing) to find good birds at Sunset Beach, a few breeding Dickcissels were found up in Guilford County, near Greensboro. Dickcissels are rare breeders in North Carolina, and I had yet to see one in our state. So, this week, with the promise of cooler temperatures, I made the 75 minute drive to the farm.
I pulled off on the shoulder of the road to scan the fields. There were scores of Grasshopper Sparrows singing and flying around everywhere, some quite close. Anything Ammodramus has a way of cheering me up, but they weren't what I was after.
|Grasshopper Sparrow, taken from my car|