I was lucky enough to participate in the annual Ennis Christmas bird count with George Kelly. Met some wonderful people and fellow bird enthusiasts. Marginally nice weather for this time of year, and some good birding. This Harris Sparrow (picture above) was the highlight for our group, and is a fairly rare visitor to this part of the state.
Looking forwards to another Christmas count in Bozeman on Saturday.
A few house sparrows see along with the Harris Sparrow. George spotted the Harris Sparrow amongst the flurry of House Sparrows as it dove out of some ground cover.
An American Tree Sparrow. One of five individuals that magically appeared for a brief few seconds. Disappeared just as quick. It is amazing to me, as a relatively new birder to the birder world, how years of seeing "little brown birds" and casually dismissing their plainess, actually have quite beautiful and detailed feathers, once you get a closer view.
A covey of 15 or so of these Huns, tired to hide by hunkering in the snow and grass.
Topped the day off with a couple sightings of the Townsend Solitaire.