My grandfather once told me that the Savannah Sparrow is probably the most abundant breeding bird in fields, bogs and other low growth throughout Ontario. They are, however, not as noticeable as Song Sparrows which have louder songs usually sung from a prominent perch.
As a result I have taken hundreds of Song Sparrow photos but few of the Savannah Sparrow.
I found one this morning concealed in a willow shrub at Lynde Shores:
I will identify it art the end of the post.
Certainly one of our most beautiful birds with its thick pale bill, and a large triangle of rose-red on the breast – a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Beyond me in the fields the sun
Soaks in the grass and hath his will;
I count the marguerites one by one;
Even the buttercups are still. – Archibald Lampman (1861–99)