After seeing reports yesterday of a rare (for here) Harris's Sparrow being seen for the second time in a couple weeks at Coon Bluff, Susan and I met there at 8:00 this morning to try our luck at finding a single sparrow in acres of mesquite bosque. Susan had contacted Jay Miller, the birder who had first located and then re-found the bird, for good directions on where he had seen it yesterday. Bird's fly, so knowing where it was yesterday was no guarantee for today, but it would put us into the area and we could search from there.
We entered the bosque on a horse trail. Looking for a bird about a half inch larger than a White-crowned Sparrow with which the Harris's hangs out was tedious. I got excited when I saw a Dark-eyed Junco but that was short-lived since it had too much dark hood and no white belly. Still, we sorted through White-crowned Sparrows scratching around on the ground. I got easily distracted when a flock of Western Bluebirds flew in, some settling on the bare mesquite, others on the ground, both males and females.
|Male Western Bluebird|
|Female Western Bluebird|
As almost always, it was Susan (she doesn't like me to call her Eagle Eye - but she sure has one) who first spotted the rare bird!
|White-crowned Sparrow & Harris's Sparrow|
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View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553677
View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553878