Date: 7/24/20 3:30 pm From: Mike Patterson <celata...> Subject: [obol] RBA: Ft Stevens Lark Bunting (maybe)
I was out at Parking lot D, Ft Stevens SP, Clatsop this morning looking for insects to photograph for a local project I am participating in and noted a funny looking sparrow...
I dropped in, apparently coming from the direction of the ocean, and lit in a scrubby alder just outside the new perimeter fence for the ongoing jetty construction.
My first impression was "that's a big looking Savannah Sparrow". I move closer and realized I wasn't looking at a Savannah Sparrow. I had the wrong lens on my camera (insects, remember) and I while I was fussing around, I bird disappeared. I was unable to relocate after an hour of trying.
Overall the bird looked like a large slaty-brown sparrow with a broadly large darkish bill. The face had a pale-ish lore on an otherwise weakly marked face. It had a strong malar line and crisply dark streaking on a white-ish breast. Lower breast and belly unmarked. Wing and back slaty-brown with indistinct darker streaking. I'm pretty sure there was a pale patch at the wrist of the wing. I did not see the tail well enough to not any white.
It's not a bird I'm sure enough to count on a list, but I don't know what else to call it. Something for others to look for