Mark, in my two visits to the Pine Nursery, both of which were of the "early morning variety" the looks were brief and the waits were long. The bird was within 20 or 30 feet the whole time, but it would stay hidden in the brush. The only thing that changed that was when I spread out a bunch of seed along the path. Then it would come out for 30 seconds or so at a time and visits were more frequent, but it still required a lot of patience.
-----Original Message----- From: COBOL [mailto:<cobol-bounces...>] On Behalf Of M Gonzalez Sent: Saturday, January 06, 2018 8:48 PM To: COBOL birds Subject: [COBOL] Harris's Sparrow update
I visited Pine Nursery early Saturday afternoon and observed the Harris's Sparrow among its Zono siblings, the Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows. Juncos and a couple Spotted Towhees also made appearances at the chum pile.
Mary W. joined me for what turned out to be some long waits between rather brief appearances. I finally captured a couple of photos after the better part of an hour. Maybe an early morning or mid-afternoon (pre-roost) visit would be more productive with more viewing and less waiting than mid-day?
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of dog walkers, baby-stroller pushers, and joggers who couldn't tell a Harris's Sparrow from a rosy-finch, but they knew all about the uncommon Deschutes visitor. Word travels in mysterious ways.