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2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Jim Minick jminick@radford.edu It's a land of rare sparrows, bobwhite quail and deer too many to count. It's a bend in the New River where German brothers first farmed corn and cattle in the 1740s. And now this place of thousands of acres is a land encircled by miles and miles of fence.


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2006-02-21 14:32:10

The Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) is a small sparrow found in shrubby open areas and Jack Pine woods across central Canada and central northern United States east to the Great Lakes. They build their nests on the ground or low in a shrub. Adults have light brown upperparts, pale underparts, and darker streaks on the back. The crown is dark brown with a pale stripe and the eyes sport a white line over each and a darker line within. The cheek patch is light brown. The wings are...

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2006-02-21 04:43:59

The Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) is one of the smaller sparrows. Adults have upperparts streaked with brown, grey, black and white. Additionally they have a light brown breast, white belly and a short brown tail. Their face is light brown with an eye ring and a dark brown crown with a central narrow light stripe. This is the standard description. However, there are regional variations in the appearance of this bird. They breed in open fields and prairies across southern...

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2006-02-21 04:13:13

The Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) is a small sparrow with streaked brown upperparts, a light brown breast with streaks, and a white belly and throat. They have a pale stripe otop the crown and a dark stripe on each side, an olive face and neck, rust-colored wings and a short dark forked tail. Their breeding habitat is wet, shrubby fields located in southern Canada and the northeastern United States. The nest is a well-hidden open cup close to the ground in a grassy location and...

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2006-02-21 04:06:55

The Le Conte's Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii) is a small sparrow with streaked dark and light brown upperparts and a light brown breast. Their belly is white and they have fine streaks on their sides. They have a large flat head with a light crown stripe on a dark crown, an orange face with a grey cheek patch. Their large bill is dark and their tail short. Their breeding habitat is moist grassland across central Canada to Quebec and central northern United States. The nest is an open cup...

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