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This winter has seemed to have an influx of western birds into the Houston area. There have been several Sage Thrashers, Green-tailed Towhees and Harris's Sparrows. I have only seen Harris's Sparrows (Zonotrichia querula) on 2 occasions, both times in the far west Houston area. I can never remember reports of them on Galveston Island. So I was very surprised to find this adult at LaFitte's Cove in November. This 7.5" bird is our largest sparrow. He is IDed by the black face and pink bill.
|Harris's Sparrow - adult|
|Harris's Sparrow - 1st winter|
|Bufflehead - female|
|Lesser Scaup - female|
|Eastern Bluebird - male|
|Eastern Bluebird - female|
photos copyright 2011 David McDonald
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