|Our target Baird's Sparrow habitat, site of the first bird we flushed.|
Bingo! a sparrow flushed from the grass. White-tail corners, streaky back, very pale, like the color of the dried grass. It flew and dove in the grass, kinda typical of Ammodramus sparrow behavior. We were able to flush this bird two more times not really getting a better look, but not finding anything to contradict Baird's Sparrow.
|So was this a Baird's Sparrow?|
So did we have two Baird's Sparrows today? We did have two very Ammodramous acting sparrows, that were light colored, with streaked backs, white tail corners, very cryptic, in the right kind of habitat. Something to think about, but it didn't make the year list. Funny I looked at my copy of Beadle's Sparrows of the United States and Canada: The Photographic Guide before this trip and said to myself "naw you won't need that".
It was a good day for me in terms of meeting my goals. I did get my target of 11 new year birds and reached 200 species.
|Western Bluebird of Happiness - Lawrence E Woods Picnic Area - Davis Mountains|
|You never get chances like this to photograph a Lark Bunting!|
|Western Meadowlark - "Does this fence post make me look fat?"|