Nelson’s Sparrow @Disposal Road

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Ron Shields saw this Sharp-tailed Sparrow in the gully along Disposal Road earlier today.

Ron writes: “This sparrow was found at the bend in Disposal Road where everyone usually photographs raptors. There’s been a ton of sparrows of all sorts feeding in the weeds in the drainage ditch (gully).

“This guy popped out of the vegetation for only a few seconds before returning to cover.”

Chris Takacs writes that the bird may be a Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow, not a Saltmarsh (Sharp-tailed) Sparrow.

The Saltmarsh Sparrow of special concern in New Jersey during breeding season. More here.

(Thanks, Ron!)  (And Chris!)

We’ll let you know if/when we hear more.

Another view follows.

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