Sunday, October 04, 2015
My birding group observed three zonotrichia sparrow species at Pheasant Branch Conservancy over the weekend, which included at least two Harris's Sparrows on Sunday. There may have even been three. We found an immature bird near an adult at the first retention pond and another young bird along the gravel trail. It was overcast so I didn't bring along my digiscoping gear, but Shawn Miller got a documentation photograph of the adult that was in non-breeding plumage. That makes it four years in a row for this species at the conservancy.
Look! An ordinary waning gibbous moon in the bluest part of the morning sky. The light Saturday morning was better for photography, which was when I took these photographs for my blog. White-crowned Sparrows were abundant, though I thought it might yet be a little too early for Harris's Sparrow. There were also White-throated, Savannah, Song, Swamp, Lincoln's, Field, and Chipping Sparrows. While sifting through the sparrows, I came upon a young Sedge Wren that was a little wary and yet curious about my presence.
And some portraits of adult White-crowned Sparrows...
They're rather elegant, don't you think?
Scratching in the gravel on the trail
Some of the other sparrows at the prairie parcel...
Pheasant Branch, Dane, Wisconsin, US
Oct 4, 2015 7:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Green Warbler
All images © 2015 Mike McDowell