Grasshopper Sparrow, Westport CT
A quick stop at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT yielded a cooperative GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. With about an hour to kill this afternoon I was going to walk the woods at the park to see if any warblers were around. I took just a few steps onto the lawn next to the pavilion parking lot when the bird flushed out of the grass. Tina Green came by a little while later to view the bird, which again afforded fine looks. According to the park checklist, Grasshopper Sparrow had never been recorded here, which is surprising given how much coverage the park has gotten over the years. The species is very uncommon in migration but is seen annually away from breeding sites.