Bachman's Sparrow, Peucaea aestivalis


Bachman's Sparrow
I first saw Bachman's Sparrows along with another new species for me, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, in a grove of long-leaf pines northwest of the intersection of Canoe Creek Road with Road 16 into Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area in southern Osceola Country, Florida. These two rare species like the same piney habitat and are often found together. The sparrows were singing when I arrived around 8 a.m. on a sunny early March morning, and they perched on pine branches (above) and low shrubs (below) to give their simple melodic songs, and, incidentally to give me good photos of a species described as shy and secretive -- except when singing. Lucky me! Bachman's is newly joined in the genus peucaea as the southeastern cousin to three other shy North American sparrow species, all southwestern, all sought-after by birders, Botteri's, Cassin's, and Rufous-winged.


Bachman's Sparrow