Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rare (for trans-Pecos) Sparrow continues at Gardens

Gage Gardens, that is, here in Marathon.

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula)

This large sparrow has been here pretty much all winter. CLICK HERE FOR FIRST POSTING.

It reminds me of winter months back in Central Texas. However, even in its normal winter range it can be fairly uncommon.

It is the only bird species that breeds exclusively in Canada, nowhere else.

Gage Gardens is located just south across the tracks from the Gage Hotel. When you cross the tracks south, turn left immediately and you will see it on your right.

Check the eastern seed feeders.

A beautiful bird to observe, and an excellent species to add to one's Brewster County list, hopefully it will stay for a good while longer.

Harris's Sparrow and year-round resident Curve-billed Thrasher (Taxostoma curvirostre)

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