Andy Wraithmell FWC
The Bachman's Sparrow is a year-round resident of mature, open pine forests. They can be difficult to see most of the year, as they hide in dense ground cover such as saw palmettos and wiregrass. It is easiest to spot them between March and August, when the males are singing. On warm winter days, they may sing even in January. Listen for their “here, kitty, kitty, kitty” calls. Bachman’s Sparrow feeds on insects and seeds.
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Recommended GFBWT sites:
- Apalachicola National Forest: Wright Lake
Blackwater River State Forest: Hutton and
Karick Lake Units
- Falling Waters State Park
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For more information, including a range map and sound recording, visit whatBird.com's Field Guide to Birds of North America.
They are found in pine flatwood communities and often hide in dense ground cover such as saw palmettos and wiregrass.