[Tweeters] did anyone figure out the subspecies of the Horned Larks at Sandy Pt. in Whatcom County?

Louise Rutter louise.rutter at eelpi.gotdns.org
Wed Sep 27 07:33:04 PDT 2017


We didn't get super close looks at the Sandy Point horned larks. We did get
great looks on Sunday at 7 horned larks at Lummi flats, which fed on the
trail 6 feet from us. They were similarly pale and washed out birds, but in
full sun and that close, around half of them had a very obvious pink wash in
the shoulder region, if that helps narrow it down in any way. But I
understand that, like gulls, there are issues with intermediates as well as
the sheer number of subspecies when it comes to horned larks.



Louise Rutter

Kirkland



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Tweeters,



I would caution anyone who tries to answer Ed's question that there are 21
subspecies of Horned Lark in North America, several of which are possible in
our area. This is one of the most variable of all species of North American
birds.



The one Horned Lark which my group saw at Sandy Point on Saturday was so
dull and washed-out that it would be very tough to assign to subspecies.
However, I think it is safe to say that it was not the local breeding
subspecies strigata, which is one of the more colourful subspecies, but
which to my knowledge has never been recorded at Sandy Point, at least not
for decades.



Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC

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I was wondering if anyone had opinions on the subspecies of the Horned Larks
that were with the Lapland Longspurs at Sandy Point last weekend?



Ed

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