Date: 9/26/17 9:08 pm From: Wayne Weber <contopus...> Subject: RE: [Tweeters] did anyone figure out the subspecies of the Horned Larks at Sandy Pt. in Whatcom County?
I would caution anyone who tries to answer Ed's question that there are 21 subspecies of Horned Lark in North America, several of which are possible in our area. This is one of the most variable of all species of North American birds.
The one Horned Lark which my group saw at Sandy Point on Saturday was so dull and washed-out that it would be very tough to assign to subspecies. However, I think it is safe to say that it was not the local breeding subspecies strigata, which is one of the more colourful subspecies, but which to my knowledge has never been recorded at Sandy Point, at least not for decades.
Wayne C. Weber
From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Ed Swan Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 4:13 PM To: <tweeters...>; <whatcombirds...> Subject: [Tweeters] did anyone figure out the subspecies of the Horned Larks at Sandy Pt. in Whatcom County?
I was wondering if anyone had opinions on the subspecies of the Horned Larks that were with the Lapland Longspurs at Sandy Point last weekend?