October 26, 2010
As the autumn morning turned from heavy overcast to warm and sunny, I headed to Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord to see a sparrow I had never seen before, a Nelson's Sparrow. The sparrows had been recently reported in the cattails along the dike trail of the refuge. With camera and binoculars, I walked to the spot and stood on the foot bridge and watched and waited. Soon I met Christian Gras who passed by and then motioned me see the bird a few more yards up the path. Unfortunately, I couldn't get on the bird being seen by Christian only twenty feet out, before it flew not to be found again.
Another well renowned expert birder, Bod Stymeist came by and I still had no bird. Bob went on towards the river, while I remained.
A half hour or so went by and then I saw a sparrow, one I'd never seen before. By this time Bob was heading back and realized I was on something. I thought it was a Nelson's and said so to Bob. We both got several pictures of the bird in soft mid morning light. It wasn't until later that day, when I saw Bob's post about a LeCONTE'S that I realized that the bird wasn't a Nelson's but was a rare LeConte's Sparrow! Quite the morning at this true natures' sanctuary. A day to remember.
Keywords:Le Conte, Le Conte's, Le Conte's Sparrow, Sparrows