Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) is a small, dapper sparrow that is a passage migrant here at Leaning Oaks. Our records are from 20-25 April and the 15-19 of October, although its likely we have overlooked them at other times since they are secretive sparrows that hide in shrubs. Overall this species has increased on southern Vancouver Island where it is common migrant with increasing numbers also overwintering. There are no documented breeding records for the island, although suitable habitat exists. Leah and I found an agitated male during the summer in Strathcona Provincial Park while we were birding for the Breeding Bird Atlas - which hints that they might be breeding here after all.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.