Summer surveys

The summer has been busy so far, with road road surveys across a 20 county region in central Pennsylvania. Highlights have been Henslow’s Sparrows in Bedford County, Red-headed Woodpeckers in Franklin County and Blue Grosbeaks in at least four counties. I also found a male Dickcissel singing from a hayfield in eastern Lancaster County.

Most of the days I have been too busy in the morning to get any pictures of the birds I have been seeing, but I did manage this Savannah Sparrow that perched on the wire at the Mt. Pleasant Road pond in Lebanon County.

In the photo below, a Purple Martin perched on the same wire but I couldn’t manage as good of a shot because of how dark it is and the high amount of backlighting.