Date: 9/27/17 7:36 am From: Louise Rutter <louise.rutter...> Subject: RE: [Tweeters] did anyone figure out the subspecies of the Horned Larks at Sandy Pt. in Whatcom County?
We didn't get super close looks at the Sandy Point horned larks. We did get great looks on Sunday at 7 horned larks at Lummi flats, which fed on the trail 6 feet from us. They were similarly pale and washed out birds, but in full sun and that close, around half of them had a very obvious pink wash in the shoulder region, if that helps narrow it down in any way. But I understand that, like gulls, there are issues with intermediates as well as the sheer number of subspecies when it comes to horned larks.
From: <tweeters-bounces...> [mailto:<tweeters-bounces...>] On Behalf Of Wayne Weber Sent: 26 September 2017 21:05 To: TWEETERS <tweeters...> 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.