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Re: [AK Birding] another Harris's Sparrow story

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  • Chris Maack
    That Harris s is a good find, Carol. Thanks for the pictures. Chris Maack Anchorage ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 30, 2005
      That Harris's is a good find, Carol. Thanks for the pictures.

      Chris Maack

      On Nov 29, 2005, at 4:43 PM, c_griz wrote:

      > 11-28-05
      > Homer, Alaska
      > First came the family of 5 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES. Then a lone SONG
      > SPARROW, so
      > dark he's off the chart, followed by a couple of DARK-EYED JUNCOS. A
      > flock of 9 PINE
      > GROSBEAKS glowed in the late afternoon rays and reflected the warm
      > spectrum even
      > though the temperature hovered in the teens. A single WHITE-CROWNED
      > SPARROW poked
      > around in the snow for forgotten seeds. Then suddenly, off they flew.
      > Quiet. Nothing.
      > Look! Here come the chickadees again. Then the cautious grosbeaks to
      > feed on the black
      > oil sunflower seeds. Then whoosh! Gone again.
      > We waited for about an hour and a half, leaning over the kitchen
      > sink, peering intently out
      > the window, witnessing this little drama repeat itself as the sun
      > rapidly dove for the
      > waiting ocean to the southwest. Finally, the guest of honor appeared,
      > a beautiful if
      > confused HARRIS'S SPARROW. He did not fear the chickadee, or the
      > junco, or even the
      > bright red male grosbeak as he ate the sunflower seeds hiding in the
      > snow under the
      > alders. It was worth the wait. I wish him and his companions a safe
      > winter. May he
      > brighten many other birders throughout the long winter and fly back
      > to his own flock in
      > the spring with stories to tell.
      > Photos filed under Griswold.
      > Happy birding!
      > Carol Griswold, Sporadic (and wandering) Bird Report reporter
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