Date: 10/21/18 3:06 pm
From: Hendrik Herlyn <hhactitis...>
Subject: [obol] Re: McCown's Longspur(?) On top of Mary's Peak
Lars, et al.,

I would not expect winter-plumaged McCown's Longsurs to show any black
crescents below the throat. Also, they would show a rather distinct
black-and-white tail pattern (like an inverted "T"), which should have been
pretty obvious in flight.
I can't think of any other candidates except Horned Lark (which show up on
top of Marys Peak occasionally). The females have a much reduced mask and
overall duller colors than the males, so that may explain what you saw.
An intriguing report, though ... one never knows what could show up in that
location. Wish I had time to go and check it out!

Happy birding


On Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 12:11 PM Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>

> I flushed 5 birds from the shoulder of the road sw of the
> telecommunications complex(7:30 if N is noon). They flew about and
> eventually landed within sight. There's a rocky scabby stretch going down
> to some outcrops further sw. I initially called them Horned Larks, a
> species I've never seen on the Peak. They all had black crescent patches at
> the top of the throat, just below the throat. None had masks, or any trace
> of yellow or brown on the head. They had horizontal stripes across the
> face. A very pale grey supercilium, cool colors only. It's a pain typing on
> this smartphone. I saw them at 10 am. Ahead of the crowd. Lot's of folks
> now. I didn't see the birds on the way back down. Lars

Hendrik G. Herlyn
Corvallis, OR

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