Harris’s Sparrow at the Mequon Nature Preserve in Ozaukee County Wisconsin on January 22, 2020

With not much going on bird wise I decided to try for the visiting Harris’s Sparrow that has been reported at the Mequon Nature Preserve. Normal range for the species is Minnesota west and south. After about 15 minutes the stunning male Harris’s Sparrow showed up with a small flock of American Tree Sparrows on the west end of the nature center. That viewing did not last long as all the birds were flushed by a vehicle coming through the parking lot. After about 30 minutes the birds returned briefly to an area on the south side of the nature center near a feeder. Not a life bird for the state for me but still an exciting bird to see. It was partly cloudy with mild temps around 25 degrees with no wind, a pleasant morning out. Images were taken on January 22, 2020.

The Harris’s Sparrow, male

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

6 Responses to Harris’s Sparrow at the Mequon Nature Preserve in Ozaukee County Wisconsin on January 22, 2020

  1. Thomas Wood says:

    Beautiful shots, Jim. I’m glad the bird came out in the open so that you could capture several angles. Thanks for sharing photos of this hard to find bird.

  2. Kym George says:

    Wow Jim…this is just wonderful….how great you were able to get such great photos of him.

  3. Kathy says:

    Beautiful captures! I envy you Jim! I saw one a few years back and not since then. Strange how moments like that stick with us for ever!

  4. Great little bird and wonderful captures Jim! Thank you!!

  5. John Rock says:

    Wow fantastic thank you!

  6. Joy Banyas says:

    Great shots, Jim! I saw one at Lake Park golf course a few years ago.

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