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Harris's Sparrow

Zonotrichia querula


A sparrow species from the far north in the summer and south in the winter. Mainly found in the central North America. This one is in non breeding plumage. White breast with some black streaks in the center. Buffy colored face, pink bills, and patterned crown.


Spotted skulking in bushes near a marsh. Spending time with Golden-crowned Sparrows.

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Jellis 3 years ago

No sorry I haven't, the bird was originally spotted by a birder who walks the bay trail back in Dec.

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Do you by any chance work there Janet? :-)

Jellis 3 years ago

I don't know if you noticed the location this one was at. It was on a Bay Trail at the Facebook HQ.

Jellis 3 years ago

Thank you all, I was at work and didn't notice.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Splendid shots. Congratulations.

Beautiful series Janet,congrats on the welldeserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Janet, your special visitor is our Spotting of the Day:

"A Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) in non-breeding plumage makes a rare appearance in California in our Spotting of the Day! This handsome sparrow is the only passerine that breeds endemically in Canada. While in winter it settles in the south-central United States, it is a rare visitor in California, where it is most often recorded from coastal and near-coastal areas".



Jellis 3 years ago

Thank you. Though it's rare to California 4 were spotted in the Bay Area

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 3 years ago

A real beauty!

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California, USA

Spotted on Jan 21, 2018
Submitted on Jan 24, 2018

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