The island holds a beautiful mix of habitat. It contains tall deciduous trees, a few small cedars, thickets, shrubs, tall grasses and weeds, a tiny freshwater gully with Phragmites, a couple slivers of saltmarsh, pebble/shell beach, and a small lawn by the lighthouse.
|erosion caused by Hurricane Sandy|
|This corner, sheltered from the NE breeze and lit by the morning sun, was particularly active|
|One of two bits of saltmarsh|
The habitat is there. The question is, will it deliver? In three hours today, which was about all we needed to cover pretty much the entire island, we tallied a satisfying 50+ species, the best being a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT which Larry had while Greg and I were off wandering. There were many sparrows to sort through, including gobs of Swamps. Among the Swamps was a single LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and there were two NELSON'S SPARROWS in the Spartina. Warblers were only present in ones and twos, but we did tally seven species (not including Chat). Overall, we were pleased.
|"Interior" Nelson's Sparrow|
|departing Sheffield Island|