Winter Sparrow Workshop November 15th 2 spots remaining Get Ready for Winter Sparrow Season!


Winter Sparrow Workshop

with Stephan Lorenz

Date: Saturday, November 15th 2014

Time: 6:30 am – 5:00 pm

Locations: Katy Prairie to San Jacinto Monument (possibly Galveston)

Price: $85 (includes transportation)

Limited to five participants.

The upper Texas coast is a hotspot for sparrow diversity during the winter months and it is possible to record more than twenty species of Emberizids in a single day. In order to observe a wide variety of species it is necessary to visit as many habitats as possible, these range from woodland edges to grasslands, weedy fields to marshes. This workshop is designed to help you learn how to identify species in this often confusing family, how to recognize proper habitat, and gain familiarity with local hotspots. During the day we will focus on the many field marks that tease apart one species from the next and it will become clear that these birds are not just small and brown, but actually intricately marked. In addition, we will study how behavior and habitat can aid identification.

In order to maximize diversity this trip covers the western and eastern reaches of Harris County all the way through Houston. Starting on the Katy Prairie we will focus on the abundant widespread species and how to tell them apart and in addition seek out less common species, hoping for Fox and any towhees. During the early morning hours we should see nearly a dozen species in roadside brush and grass in the area. We will spend the rest of the morning at San Jacinto Monument to seek grassland sparrows with the evening finishing around El Franco Lee Park.

Of course we will look at and learn about anything else feathered we come across and should not have difficulty recording around 100 species for the day.

List of possible sparrow species (uncommon to rare in italics): Green-tailed Towhee, Spotted Towhee, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Le Conte’s Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Harris’s Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco

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Signed up participants will receive a list of target sparrows and field list with basic identification tips to Harris Co. sparrows.


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