TOP 5 VIEWING SITES
● Brush Creek Wildlife Area, Jefferson County
● Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area, Greene, Warren & Clinton counties
● Crown City Wildlife Area, Gallia County
● Egypt Valley Wildlife Area, Belmont County
● Tranquility Wildlife Area, Adams County
The field sparrow is a common songbird that occurs in shrubby habitats where brambles, saplings or shrubs are intermixed with weeds and grass. It was detected in 99.5% of the atlas blocks in the first Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas Project. This species is annually monitored on North American Breeding Bird Survey routes throughout the state. The population has declined 3.2% per year in Ohio during 1966 to 2010, but it still remains locally abundant in many areas. Clean farming practices and maturing forests have contributed to declining field sparrow numbers.
Survey details and historical data can be found in the Grassland Species Overview section of the 2011-2012 Wildlife Population Status and Hunting Forecast.
Additional information about the Breeding Bird Survey can be found at: www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/