Date: 12/31/17 6:23 pm
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: [obol] Re: [birding] Banded Streaked Horned Lark at Baskett Slough NWR
Hi all,

A little more information on the color-banded Streaked Horned Lark that
Jim Leonard photographed at Baskett Slough NWR on Saturday:

According to Gary Slater with the Center for Natural Lands Management
(CNLM), the lark with this color combination (yellow over white on left
leg, light blue over aluminum on right leg) was banded in 2016 on an
airfield Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the South Puget Sound region in
Washington, then bred last year on a different airfield in the same
Joint Base.

"Streaked" Horned Lark is the subspecies of Horned Lark that nests in
the Willamette Valley and in western Washington. It is listed as
Threatened under the Endangered Species Act (putting it in the same
legal category as Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet, and the
coastal population of Western Snowy Plover). During winter we can see
other subspecies of Horned Lark in the Willamette Valley, but if you see
a color-banded Horned Lark, chances are that it's a "Streaked" Horned
Lark. Reports of color-banded larks can help to build understanding of
where they winter, particularly the South Puget Sound population which
is migratory.

Good birding,

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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