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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Photo Share: Savannah Sparrow

Not all streaky brown birds are impossible to identify. The 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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