Bird Week VI: The Desert / by Dave Hileman

Driving along Artist's Drive in the Death Valley National Park, I saw the bird fly across the road in front of the car and then back. I stopped and got one or two shots in flight but did not know what I had seen until I shot this one under the brush. It did not stay still long and was gone before I got a second shot. This was a life-list bird for me, first time I had seen one. The Sage Sparrow is distinct so it was a clear ID. Not a very common bird even in the SW desert habitat that it likes.