Re: [AK Birding] another Harris's Sparrow story
- That Harris's is a good find, Carol. Thanks for the pictures.
On Nov 29, 2005, at 4:43 PM, c_griz wrote:
> 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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