Wednesday, January 13, 2010
In the Rio Grande Valley and Le Conte's Sparrow revisited
I got a comment from Ned suggesting I look at the photo of the Le Conte's Sparrow again which I did. Upon more careful scrutiny it proved to be a photo of a Nelson's Sparrow. It's clear that in the euphoria of the moment and with my focus on trying to get a good photo, none of us took a real quality look at the bird we thought was the bird we were seeking. In short we let our guard down and believed what we thought would be true. Point well taken. The good news is we had a photo that showed which species of bird we actually had. As it turns out we didn't yet have Nelson's for the year, so the tally remained the same. However, we will have to find a genuine Le Conte's at some point, and we will. It's all part of the fun of our pursuit.
Total now stands at 207 with Black-crested Titmouse being #200.