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Jun 13, 2017 12:36 |  #1

A birding buddy of mine and I have been on the hunt for a Le Conte's Sparrow for the last couple of years. They are uncommon in our county and it is said they are very hard to see as they rarely flush, preferring instead to run away under the vegetation. My buddy finally found one recently and we went back yesterday in good light and great conditions. I couldn't be more thrilled to finally have gotten high resolution, unobstructed photos of this beautiful species.

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Jun 13, 2017 18:14 |  #2

Excellently done! It really is a beautiful little birdie.


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Jun 13, 2017 18:51 |  #3

Superb images.


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Jun 14, 2017 07:39 |  #4

greyswan wrote in post #18377783 (external link)
Excellently done! It really is a beautiful little birdie.


Will in Tejas wrote in post #18377816 (external link)
Superb images.

Thank you both for taking the time to comment. Le Conte's, I've come to learn, is the smallest sparrow in N. America (as an aside, if memory serves, Harris's are the largest). And they are indeed beautiful. I think sparrows, in general, get a bad rap, first for being hard to identify at times and, second, because of the House Sparrow. But they are worth seeking out, IMO.


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Jun 14, 2017 18:28 |  #5

I've always liked the sparrows - even the 'little brown jobs' :)


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Jun 14, 2017 18:34 |  #6

greyswan wrote in post #18378580 (external link)
I've always liked the sparrows - even the 'little brown jobs' :)

Yeah, but they're all little brown jobs!


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Jun 17, 2017 16:27 |  #7

Perseverance equals success! Super shots, Al. And another off the ol' bucket list!!


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Jun 18, 2017 07:43 |  #8

ardeekay wrote in post #18380742 (external link)
Perseverance equals success! Super shots, Al. And another off the ol' bucket list!!

Thank you, Rog. I give my birding friend a lot of credit for her determination to find one. We saw one first thing in the morning, but it had no tail feathers whatsoever and we were shooting into the sun. So we returned in the afternoon and found this individual who was much more photogenic.


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Jun 18, 2017 13:19 |  #9

As said, great photos and glad you've achieved your aim.

I tended to ignore our sparrows given their somewhat drab appearance and abundance (less so nowadays) but in more recent years I've come to love them and realised there is quite a difference in markings between the different types.

We get quite a gang on the feeders and there's some real characters amongst them. Particularly appealing when you have a few youngsters with them who haven't mastered landing on the perches to the feeders etc! I spend ages sometimes just watching them.


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Jun 18, 2017 16:52 |  #10

Chris L F wrote in post #18381318 (external link)
As said, great photos and glad you've achieved your aim.

I tended to ignore our sparrows given their somewhat drab appearance and abundance (less so nowadays) but in more recent years I've come to love them and realised there is quite a difference in markings between the different types.

We get quite a gang on the feeders and there's some real characters amongst them. Particularly appealing when you have a few youngsters with them who haven't mastered landing on the perches to the feeders etc! I spend ages sometimes just watching them.

Thank you for your comments, Chris. One might say there are no uninteresting birds, only uninterested people.


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Jun 18, 2017 17:52 |  #11

Lovely shots, Al! It's always great when you get to spot a rarity or a lifer!


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Jun 19, 2017 06:24 |  #12

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18381464 (external link)
Lovely shots, Al! It's always great when you get to spot a rarity or a lifer!

Thank you for commenting, Sam. Yes, it was a lifer for me and I'm still thrilled with my success.


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Jun 19, 2017 17:13 |  #13

Oooh-la-la! What sweet shots of a sweet bird that I have never heard of before! Thanks for the continued education Al!


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Jun 20, 2017 09:14 |  #14

SJC from VT wrote in post #18382227 (external link)
Oooh-la-la! What sweet shots of a sweet bird that I have never heard of before! Thanks for the continued education Al!

You're welcome, Sandy; I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and took the time to comment.


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Jun 20, 2017 13:08 |  #15

Outstanding work!! I never thought they existed until now. Hope they don't do like the common one found here does.


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