Daily Archives: September 20, 2015

Lark Bunting – a big ugly sparrow- 9-20-15

The Lark Buntings are uncommon migrants in Southern California.  I’ve seen them twice at Fort Rosecrans.  This afternoon I found this female-type along Seeley Avenue near Campo Street.  The lot on the south side is a riot of grapes and berries.  The lot on the north side has a dense stand of sunflowers and grasses.  The bunting was grazing on both sides of the street.  Western Tanagers are pretty thick in the grapes and Lazuli Buntings like the sunflower seed heads and the tall grasses.  Lark Buntings and Lazuli Buntings are not closely related.   The Lark Bunting is more sparrow-like, the Lazuli is goldfinch-like.

 

Lark Bunting 9-20-15

Lark Bunting 9-20-15

Lark Bunting 9-20-15

Lark Bunting 9-20-15

Lazuli Bunting 9-20-15

Lazuli Bunting 9-20-15

Lazuli Bunting 9-20-15

Lazuli Bunting 9-20-15

Lakwrence's Goldfilnch 9-20-15

Lawrence’s Goldfinch 9-20-15 at the swamp

Yellow Warbler 9-19-15

Yellow Warbler 9-19-15 at the swamp

First of Season Lincoln's Sparrow 9-19-15

First of Season Lincoln’s Sparrow 9-18-15 at the swamp