Thank you Jonathan Layman. Had you not originally spotted this bird, I would not have had my *First of Life* Lark Sparrow today! :-)
Seriously. Thank you.
All,The Lark Sparrow continues in the same location previously described. My advice is to do what Chris Floyd did. Park in the Costco lot in the corner adjacent the paved path. Walk the path, heading towards Encore Casino.
I found the bird at 1 PM (while birding alone) and then again around 3:30 PM (with Sebastian Jones and Ted Bradford). Keep your eyes (and ears) pointed towards the thickets, bushes and trees along the bend of the path, where it curves back towards Costco.
There are an unreasonable amount of House Sparrows there. Thankfully, the Lark Sparrow stays clear of them. Listen for a high pitched Psip, which sounds a lot like a Northern Cardinal’s high pitched Psit. Only, it’s a little different. Because it ends in P instead of T. :-P
It’ll take me a day or two to get my Checklist posted. I took 317 photos! And I recorded 27 minutes of audio! (Lots of data to review.)
To summarize, I saw lots of gulls, including a few who were Laughing. And not because of my bad jokes. Lots of Cormorants, none that were Great though. (Shhh... Don’t tell them I said that.) At least 7 genuinely Great Blue Herons. 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron. A couple Cedar Waxwings. Oh AND a very regal looking Belted Kingfisher too.
Happy Birding!Mr. Shilo McDonald, Lynn, MAShiloCM at Yahoo dot com
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