Archive for December, 2016

Savannah (Ipswich) Sparrow 12/28/16


Ipswich Sparrows are the palest of the 17 Savannah Sparrow subspecies and until a few decades ago were considered a separate species. They are endangered birds with a population of about 6000, breeding exclusively on Sable Island, a wild and windswept landscape of shifting sands and dune grasses in the North Atlantic. A few are year-round residents but most migrate to winter on the Mainland dunes of Nova Scotia and as far south as the Carolinas. While uncommon, we can find them here on New England beaches anytime between October and April. They are mostly threatened by erosion and limited nest sites on their island home range, and habitat loss in their winter range. Fetched on Seapoint Beach, Kittery Point.