John was reviewing his pictures and asked me to look at a few. Hey, I said, that is different. Turns out it was a longspur, not just another sparrow. It may be a Smith's, we already 'scared up' a few of those, or maybe a Lapland. I will have to get a local expert to look at the picture. Still, not identifying the bird in the field means to us, it isn't countable.
Was that a true story years ago? That a guy missed seeing the Seedeater but when he got home, he had taken a picture of a feeder and there was a Seedeater!
John leaves for Newfoundland in a few days. Now that should be an experience! He is a Southern Californian lad born and bred!