[TN-Bird] Bachman's Sparrow, Lawrence County

  • From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-birds Listserv <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 11:21:43 -0500

I found a single singing Bachman's Sparrow while running the Collinwood Breeding Bird Survey route this morning (5/30/2016), in the general vicinity of Loretto in Lawrence County. Damien Simbeck had the species on this route a few times in the Wayne County portion, but it has been over a decade since the last time. I'm reluctant to post a detailed location for a bird that appears to be on territory right alongside a public road in this era of rampant use of playback.

The habitat the bird was in is a bit different from the large young pine-converted clearcuts where Damian found the bird regularly in the southwestern Highland Rim in the 1990s. This was a small pine stand several decades old, a portion of which had been cleared a few years ago, leaving a strip of tall pines between the clearing and an adjacent large field. The cleared area is now regrown with low brush and brambles. The bird was singing from the taller pines, about 15 feet up. This is their typical behavior father south where they nest in open savannah-like pine woods.

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald TN
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