18 October 2010 – Grasshopper Sparrow

Given my schedule over the weekend hosting the Oklahoma Ornithological Society annual meeting, I was unable to check the NRC on the 16th and 17th. (I did, however, find remains of Lincoln’s Sparrow and Wilson’s Warbler at the Kerr Residence Hall).

This morning I found a single Grasshopper Sparrow at the NRC. This was the first time I’ve found a carcass at the bottom of the stairway on the east side of the building. Beetles have gotten to the carcass; I’ll leave it there to see how long it lasts. (The cuckoo from June is still visible btw, although only when I know to look for it. It has reached a stage of decomposition at which it is easy to overlook when just casually walking by.)

This last photo was taken without the flash, to provide a sense of how dark it was at about 7:25 when I did this morning’s survey.

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