Here in my part of New Jersey, Grasshopper Sparrows are uncommon breeders, nesting in a few scattered larger fields across the county.
Last week I got some photos of a couple of birds at the Horseshoe Bend Preserve. I digiscoped a male singing from a pole in a field, and got shots from my car with my Nikon CoolPix P500 of another bird was seen along the fence line carrying insects for its young--presumably in a nest nearby. Since most songbirds only carry food when they have young in the nest, this is considered confirmed evidence of nesting.
Just another hidden gem that only birders get to enjoy in the wild!
|Nikon CoolPix P500 shot of the singing male, not as good as the digiscoped shots below|
|Singing male Grasshopper Sparrow, Hunterdon Co, NJ, 6 June 2014|
|Food carrying nesting Grasshopper Sparrow|
|Grasshopper Sparrow, food carrying, 6 June 2014|
|Grasshopper Sparrow, Nikon CoolPix P500, 6 June 2014|