I was on Dauphin Island early this morning. The weather was perfect with cool, calm, clear conditions. Several days ago a post on AL-birds stated that the Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) was still being seen in the same location near the fence between the Audubon Sanctuary and the abandoned Coast Guard base recreation area. Howard Horne located it again yesterday. One hour and two hundred shots later, it finally flew off. I’ll bet it’s still there tomorrow. I didn’t want to get caught on the island by the Mardi Gras parade so I left for the Grand Bay Savannah around 9:00 a.m.
Lark sparrow on Dauphin Island (Melospiza grammacus)
Howard Horne also told me about a spot to photograph Lincoln’s sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) and Swamp sparrows (Melospiza georgiana) on the Forever Wild property in Bayou La Batre. The directions were perfect and it didn’t take more than five minutes after setting up to get both species. I have the GPS coordinates and directions if anyone is interested. Just click on the “contact” button above to send an email.
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)