[CT Birds] Harris's Sparrow
LS.BROKER at COX.NET
Mon Apr 30 09:57:39 EDT 2012
From Steve Broker (Cheshire):
Concerning Harris's Sparrow, Birds of North America On-Line states, "In eastern (vagrant) range (e.g., Massachusetts), known to arrive mid- to late fall and wander until settling in near feeding stations, where they sometimes spend the entire winter (Veit and Petersen 1993)." The Lebanon Harris's Sparrow has provided many birders with the thrill of close views for an exceptionally long period of time. The reporting of the bird's presence has been dedicated and extraordinarily helpful - as has been the maintenance of the feeding station.
Given the breeding rage of this species - "the transition zone between the subarctic boreal forest and the Low Arctic tundra of northern Canada (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories)", it's time for this little gem to move on.
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