Tips: Hedgerows, all of them

I think most of us are fully aware that edge habitats and hedgerows are great places to look for birds, so this isn't some astounding revelation, it's more of a reminder.

Hedgerows are all over the place and are frequently allowed to grow up as a property boundary, look for ones where you have a big open space like corn field, mowed grass or prairie divided by a hedgerow, that will act like a funnel for where all of the birds will be. This can be right in town or in the country or in a natural area.

Some that I've found:
A couple of years ago in winter, I was giving someone rides to physical therapy and then since I had about an hour, I went birding around the hospital grounds. At a property boundary was a hedge next to a weedy grass field loaded with House Sparrows, Chickadees, Cardinals, Song Sparrows, American Tree Sparrows, and I even got to witness a Sharp-shinned Hawk grab a Starling.
At a forest preserve on a CBC was a large grass prairie and then a corn field with a hedge dividing them, not much in there but there were American Tree Sparrows, White-throated Sparrow, and a Field Sparrow.

A big one to remember here: if you were just going out birding or chasing, then some of those birds I mentioned really aren't that interesting, but if you're doing a Christmas Bird Count, then every single bird counts, and a hedge row filled with House Sparrows is still useful data. Plus you never know what might be mixed in with the sparrows.

Publicado el diciembre 27, 2021 12:55 TARDE por neylon neylon


Yes, a lot of species (not just birds but also mammals and many more other organisms besides) tend to favour edge habitats: the interface between two or more different types of habitat.

Hedgerows are one such excellent example.

Other examples include the edge between open habitat and more closed-canopy habitat (e.g. the edge of a forest or forest clearing), the shoreline of the sea or lake, etc.

Publicado por dinofelis hace más de 2 años

Yes, if you have the choice between walking through a prairie or woodland, choose the edge between them.

Publicado por neylon hace más de 2 años

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