Savannah Sparrows in Glacier County, Montana

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Savannah Sparrow perched on barbed wireSavannah Sparrow perched on barbed wire – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 800, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

During my travels in Montana earlier this month I saw loads of Savannah Sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis) and although there were many in southwestern Montana I only photographed the ones on the farm in Glacier County.

Savannah Sparrow in dried grassesSavannah Sparrow in dried grasses – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 800, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The Savannah Sparrows were hanging out in an area between an old granary and a fence that was at the edge of a pasture. They would flit from the fence to the ground to feed which is where I photographed the sparrow in the image above.

Savannah Sparrow stretching its wingSavannah Sparrow stretching its wing – Nikon D300, f8, 1/1000, ISO 800, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Savannah Sparrows are named after Savannah, Georgia since one of the first collected specimens was found there though throughout the year Savannah’s can be found in most of North America.



  1. ingrid August 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    The second Savannah Sparrow makes me think of a grouse. Perfect habitat shot!

  2. Dave Sparks August 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I love the background in #1, habitat in #2, and fantastic wing position in #3.

    • Mia McPherson September 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Thank you very much Dave.

  3. Tammy Karr August 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    These are all beautiful photos Mia; I especially like the wing stretch! Thanks for the tidbit of history on this Sparrow’s name; I always find it interesting to learn how birds’ names came about.

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Tammy, I like learning the source of bird’s names too. Thanks for commenting on these images.

  4. Maria F. August 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I like frame #3, those stretched wings are always beautiful to me.

  5. Susan August 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Beautiful photos, I love these little sparrows

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you Susan, they are wonderful subjects.

  6. Laurence Butler August 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Sharp shots Mia! Savannah Sparrows are mighty streaky and mighty handsome birds. A lot of times birds in the grass can be tricky and the shots come off as too busy, but that’s my favorite here. Sparrows in the grass is one of my favorite settings for them.

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks Laurence, I was very pleased with how the image of the sparrow in the grass turned out.

  7. Syl August 29, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Your photos are so people the stretching of the wing..

    • Mia McPherson August 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Thank you Syl, I like the stretching wing too.

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