I hope you enjoy these pics half as much as I enjoyed taking them. This is a Le Conte’s Sparrow found this morning at the restored Benson Prairie in White Bear Township on a St. Paul Audubon bird walk.
From Cornell: “…the Le Conte’s Sparrow is difficult to see because of its secretive nature. On the breeding grounds it usually sings from concealed perches and in the winter it rarely remains in the open for more than a second.” This guy stayed out for “good looks” for at least 2 minutes, preening and singing. He would have stayed longer if the photographer hadn’t tried to get so close.