Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!) Photo by Bill Hubick.

Above and below: A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!)

A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!) Photo by Bill Hubick.

A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!) Photo by Bill Hubick.

A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!) Photo by Bill Hubick.

A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!) Photo by Bill Hubick.

A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!) Photo by Bill Hubick.

A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!) Photo by Bill Hubick.

A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!) Photo by Bill Hubick.

A continuing Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Maryland (12/3/2011). When Dan spotted it perched up, I slowly positioned myself in better morning light. The bird then surprised me by flying halfway to me, then running another five feet or so toward me. We spent 30 minutes just watching it feed about 10' away, never flushing it even when we slowly departed. Found by Rob Ostrowski. (Thanks, Rob!) Photo by Bill Hubick.

Below: A Lark Sparrow in the foothills near Santa Barbara, California (7/27/2006).

Below: An adult Lark Sparrow on Assateague Island, Worcester Co., Maryland (10/22/2006). This beautiful western sparrow is rare but almost certainly annual on the island. Mark Hoffman found this bird - his third for the year - and stayed on it until we could arrive to see it. Thanks, Mark!

Below three: A Lark Sparrow in Somerset Co., Maryland (11/16/2008), an excellent bird found last weekend by Jim Stasz.

Below: A Lark Sparrow continues its winter stay in Somerset Co., Maryland (12/5/2008). During this visit, the bird was actually doing a bit of singing.


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