Earlier in the week I took a brief trip out to the Katy Prairie, hoping that a variety of sparrows had moved into the area with the latest cold front.
Sharp Road was surprisingly empty of birds, except for a few Savannah Sparrows.
So I headed over the Longenbaugh Road, usually a prime site for winter birds. On the way I checked out the grass around the parking lots in Paul Rushing Park but found only a handful of Killdeer.
The bridge over Bear Creek was quiet when I arrived but it wasn't long before a couple of American Robins turned up.
A Loggerhead Shrike watched from on a utility wire.
After a couple of minutes the first sparrow appeared: A White-crowned perched on a small tree and sang.
This seemed to wake up the other sparrows.
A small group of Chipping Sparrows flew in.
A Vesper Sparrow popped up on a fence wire across the road.
A couple of White-throated Sparrows put in a very brief appearance.
Then, just as I was getting ready to leave, the bird I had most wanted to see finally flew in: a Harris's Sparrow.
So my quick trip didn't turn up any spectacular birds but at least I had gotten to see a few sparrows. Besides, any day I get to see a Harris's Sparrow I count as a good day.