Length: 4.5 - 5.75"
Habitat: In the Northeast, dry grassy fields, hayfields, overgrown pastures, cultivated fields. Prefers habitat that is not extensively brushy.
Diet: Insects, including grasshoppers (staple), beetles, caterpillars, and crickets; spiders, earthworms, snails, weed seeds, grass seeds, waste grain.
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(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
In New England, the Grasshopper Sparrow breeds locally in far southern Maine, southern New Hampshire, western Vermont, as well as the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
This bird winters in the southern United States, Cuba, Mexico, and Central America. There have been rare winter sightings in the New England area, as can be seen on the eBird map below.
Winter Map from eBird
Sightings of the Grasshopper Sparrow from Dec-Feb over past 10 years (2009-2019)
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS