Daily Archives: February 19, 2016

Lark Bunting 2-19-16

Lark Bunting transitioning from basic to alternative plumes

Lark Bunting transitioning from basic to breeding plumes

I came across this fine specimen in the chaparral along the northeast corner of town, near the railroad tracks in Jacumba Valley Ranch. It flew off east into the weedy fields after I’d gotten a coupe of almost OK ID shots.  I found it again it down the road a few moments later and it was patient with my photographic efforts.

The timing for this bird appears perfect, but in Winter they are usually seen on the coastal slopes only.  An exception was the bird seen in the winter of 2008  at Milk Ranch Road near Cuyamaca Reservoir.  I remember marching through 6″ of snow and not finding the bird.

Lark Bunting 2-19-16 Jacumba Valley Ranch

Lark Bunting 2-19-16 Jacumba Valley Ranch

Lark Bunting Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17016

Lark Bunting  Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17-2016

Lark Bunting Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17016

Lark Bunting  Jacumba Valley Ranch 2-17-2016

The FOS Hooded Oriole that appeared on 2-17-16 was a one-stop wonder.