Here is the haystack. Try finding a tiny little sparrow in that mess. We literally walked through the tall grass until the bird popped up and flew into a nearby tree. We felt bad about doing it, but the land manager says that it happens all of the time.
Here is the needle - LeConte's Sparrow which we found on Friday. I sure hope this guy gets back to the upper mid-west where he belongs!
A bonus for Wednesday's attempt were the many Bluebirds in the field. This is the best photo that I have of one that shows the stunning blue.