grasshopper sparrow

noun

Definition of grasshopper sparrow

: a small American sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) that is grayish brown above with a pale belly and has a high-pitched buzzing song that resembles the stridulation of grasshoppers

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Recent Examples on the Web Observers spotted a Cory’s shearwater at Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth, a marsh wren at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth, and a grasshopper sparrow at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 1 Dec. 2019 There was a red-throated loon at Spy Pond in Arlington, and a grasshopper sparrow and an Eastern meadowlark at Bear Creek Sanctuary in Saugus. BostonGlobe.com, "Central Mass:," 29 Dec. 2019 Observers spotted eight red-eyed vireos, four winter wrens, two grasshopper sparrows, 12 hermit thrushes, and 16 field sparrows. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 28 Oct. 2019 Grassland birds, such as meadowlarks and grasshopper sparrows, took the biggest hit. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "North America Has Lost Nearly 3 Billion Birds Since 1970," 20 Sep. 2019 Reports from Crane WMA in Falmouth included 2 American kestrels, 9 Eastern phoebes, 2 grasshopper sparrows, 18 Eastern towhees, 2 bobolink, 4 Eastern meadowlarks, a dickcissel, and 2 blue grosbeaks. BostonGlobe.com, "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 3) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 11 Sep. 2019 Nantucket: There was a gadwall and a black-necked stilt at Great Point Lagoon, and a grasshopper sparrow was spotted at Katama Farm. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 7 July 2019 Fragile newborn grasshopper sparrows are fed by hand. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Rare Florida sparrow could vanish this year and more birds could be at risk," 17 Jan. 2018 The dawn chorus was productive, though, providing grasshopper sparrow, scarlet tanager, summer tanager and yellow-throated vireo, to name a few. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Goal for a Big Day: Count as many bird species as you can find | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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“Grasshopper sparrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grasshopper%20sparrow. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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