Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Harris’s Sparrow

Last week, Erika and I sat on our porch mesmerized by our water feature. An odd bird flew to the stream. “Is that a Harris’s Sparrow?” I asked. “It is!” “Walk up the garden path,” I instructed, “and see if it will fly into the banding net.” And that is exactly what the sparrow proceeded to do.

I have seen a few Harris’s Sparrows in Northfield, and have banded one other, but at our Dundas station. Our Northfield home seems to be unlikely habitat for this prairie species. The bird does have a preference for streams, however, and generally favors brushy, secondary-growth areas (Norment and Shackleton 2008).

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