Date: 9/4/17 6:39 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Presidio and Crissy Sept 4, sparrow help needed - it's Lark Bunting!
Chris Rivers who I met this morning at Crissy Lagoon just posted a pic of the Lark Bunting on Ebird confirming it and ending my confusion!

Dave Weber,
by phone

"'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:

>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.
>Dave Weber,

Posted by: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>

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