Yesterday during the CBC Mr Beeke and his team phoned us to say Daniel found a Harris's Sparrow on Upper Prairie Rd, on the train tracks. Nice find and thanks for letting us know about it.
On our way to count area 4, we stopped for a peek. Sure enough, it was still there, and I got a nice (but quick!) view through the scope as it fed on the train tracks! Until now, Harris's Sparrow was one of my "most wanted" since I missed it in 2013.
It might still be around today if anyone wants to look.
I started birding "seriously" in December 2013 and my spark bird was a Varied Thrush! ____________________________________________________________ STATISTICS
Year list: 152 species (43 species below last year's count)
Jason, very nice bird to find! Jamie glad you saw it too...they are a handsome bird! John Vooys and I couldn't find it today. We searched the area at about noon, and found no sparrows(well 1 Song Sparrow and a Spotted Towhee)! Ed Klassen
Today the Harris's Sparrow was just east of the crossing so it's still sticking around the same spot.
It was a little far for a good picture.
There was also a Myrtle subspecies of Yellow-rumped Warbler that flew over and landed at the top of one of the cedar trees near the chicken barn that's just south of the tracks. Impressive to see a basically insectivorous species surviving the cold.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)