I looked out the bedroom window this morning and saw what looked like a Zonotrichia sparrow with this thick black stripes on the head. I didn't see any white like a White-crowned would have. It looked like a Golden-crowned but I didn't see any yellow. I ran out side with the camera and couldn't find it. Maybe it was just a molting White-crowned. Anyway I spent much of the day on our porch watching my brush patch and hoping for a reoccurrence of the mystery sparrow.
And while I was watching for the sparrow, I happened to see a flock of Long-billed Dowitchers streaking by over the resaca. I fired a few quick shots and looked at the back of my camera. It was obvious one of the birds was smaller with a long decurved bill. I just assumed it was our first Stilt Sandpiper of the year. What a surprise when, while editing the photos, I discovered the Stilt Sanbdpiper had short legs and a dark bar on the rump. I was actually a Dunlin which is pretty rare away from the coast and bird #235 for our Progreso Lakes yard.
In this shot the Dunlin is on the right side of the Long-billed Dowitchers.
Meanwhile the Clay-colored Sparrow continues.
As does my White-throated Sparrow.
Listers are never satisfied so I will be hoping for the return of my mystery sparrow. However that Dunlin was a species I thought I would never record for our yard so I think I will bask in the glory of that one for a bit.