Dave Moore, Mary Backiel, Bob Hare and his friend Sandy; Paul and Polly Neldner
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
The first 1/2 mile of County Road 360...in sub-irrigated hayfield
Sub-irrigated hayfield with marshy areas
Swarovski 8.5 X 42 binoculars, Kowa Spotting Scope, 500 mm lens
20 ft to 150 yards
Very good, some overcast
Description of the Bird
Front and head all black with straw-colored nape, white rump and scauplars. Pointed tail feathers...pointed wings in flight
Behaviors: Birds were seen on the ground flying and chasing one another and perched on grass stalks, fence posts and fences. Would fly up and then disappear into the grass.
Call: Heard and heard well. Compared with song on iPod and bird was seen singing several times
Plumage: Adult Breeding
Similar Species Discussion
Was seen in the vicinity of Red-winged Blackbirds...quickly eliminated from these because of straw colored nape and lack of orange-red lesser coverts; pale yellowish median coverts. Male Lark Bunting would have white confined to wings.
Sibley Guide to Birds, Peterson Field Guide to Birds
See Red-winged Blackbirds all the time. Have seen Lark Buntings on numerous occasions.
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
5/22/2011 9:39:00 PM
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