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Grasshopper Sparrow, 11/15, Dictionary Hill

I kicked up a Grasshopper Sparrow about a quarter mile east of the two eucalyptus trees that are near the peak at Dictionary Hill OSP this morning. GRSP was not found wintering in this square during the Atlas but was confirmed breeding. GRSP was found wintering in other squares where it breeds so maybe this is not so surprising, and there is always the chance this was a late migrant. This square (S12) includes Sweetwater Reservoir and Dictionary Hill so I'm not sure if breeding confirmation for this square came from around the lake or the hill, but I suspect the former.

Photo: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76305843
Atlas account: http://sdplantatlas.org/birdatlas/pdf/Grasshopper%20Sparrow.pdf

Matt Sadowski
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