While many birders dread the end of the migration season, I’m always excited to start looking for breeding birds in grasslands and marshes during this time of year. Sure I’ll miss the warblers and other migrants but there is something exciting about finding nesting species. We’ve lost an incredible amount of our grasslands and marshes in this country and the species that thrive in these habitats have been disappearing as well. The bits and pieces of habitat that we have left are critical for the survival of species that specialize in them. It always amazes more how just a small bit of habitat can attract these specialist species.
Another reason that I love this type of habitat is that I live in a very interesting area where we get a few species that would typically be considered species of the western US along with all of our more typical eastern species.
Are there any marshes or grasslands around your home that are fantastic birding hotspots and what are your favorite species that you can find there?