Savannah Sparrow, an understated but distinctive sparrow, has a short tail, small head, and telltale yellow spot before the eye. One of Michigan's most common open-country birds, they are often seen and heard in open fields or on the side of highways looking for food.
The Savannah Sparrow’s name sounds like a nod to its fondness for grassy areas, but this species was actually named for a specimen collected in Savannah, Georgia.
Few overwinter in mid-Michgan. Most will move further south by the end of October.
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