Date: 9/4/17 4:28 pm From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Subject: [SFBirds] Presidio and Crissy Sept 4, sparrow help needed.
Since it's not reported to SF Birds yet, the Black-throated Sparrow was seen this morning at 9:30 in the residential parking lot at Battery Caufield Rd and Washington. Then I went down to Crissy Lagoon where no dowitchers or Baird's were seen. I ran into Rob Cullison and Chris Rivers who had seen a Lark Sparrow at the east end of the lagoon on the lawn and brush beyond the bridge. I scoured this area and eventually a Lark-Sparrow-sized bird flew into brush across from three picnic tables along a trail (easily seen on satellite view). I tracked it down and got a brief look at what appeared to be a Lark Bunting. A grayish-brownish chunky bird, white below with heavy streaks, a long white wing patch, dull conical bill and pale supercilium. On Ebird the last Lark Bunting in SF was in 2012 at Heron's Head. A pic there shows the same long white wing patch.. Sorry for the delay, I wanted to come home and look into this before I reported it. Nearly all pics online of streaky imm Lark Sparrows do not show a white wing patch. Those that do may be mislabeled. Any help on this is appreciated. Rob, if you read this, was the Lark Sparrow an immature? - should have asked. There was also a Western Kingbird that flew out of the brush at the east end and disappeared.