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Savannah sparrow        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The bright northern race of the highly variable Savannah sparrow is a very common breeder at Churchill, Manitoba, where I took the picture at top left.   The other image above, center is of a California bird, taken in winter in the Panoche Valley.  The two images immediately below were taken at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside, CA.   The rest of the photos below show the dark, heavily streaked 'Belding's Savannah sparrow' race, also known as the salt-marsh Savannah sparrow; true to the latter name, these were all taken at Bolsa Chica wetlands in coastal Orange County, California. One photo, taken on the Carrizo Plain in California, shows a Savanna sparrow perched next to a lark sparrow.

  • Canon 10D, 40D, 1DII, or 7D; 500 mm f4 IS + 1.4X or 2X converter or 800 mm f5.6 IS lens; for the Churchill bird and the Belding's, I used fill-in flash to lighten the shadows (2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)