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Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

Common and widespread in western counties at low elevations in grass-dominated habitats such as meadows, farmland, and open coastal areas, but absent in still-forested western Kitsap County. Kittitas County breeders closely linked to open, human-influenced landscapes concentrated at moderate elevation in center of county—especially remnant prairies and irrigated pastures and hayfields of Kittitas and Teanaway Valleys. Records occur peripherally into higher, open areas adjacent to ponderosa pine zone, but movements to higher elevations during post-breeding dispersal obscure situation. Most of predicted range broadly mapped in Kittitas County by Washington Gap report (Smith et al. 1997) does not support breeding Savannah Sparrows.