Thanks to Lew Ulrey's notification of the White-throated Sparrow feeding in his backyard I was able to drop by this afternoon and see it. Sometimes you go chasing a bird and it requires multiple attempts and lots of patience with no success. Other times, like today, you get an instant reward and satisfaction. Life Bird #312!
A beautiful and fairly common sparrow of the eastern United States, it is a rare treat in Idaho. Funny how bird interest is so localized. Folks are going crazy chasing a Swainson's Hawk in New York this week (story here), but here in Idaho they are very common during the summer.