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Old Friday 10th October 2014, 20:24   #1
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possible Horned Lark

Hi,

This lark was found on the shore at Askernish, South Uist yesterday. It appears to show features that resemble Horned Lark having restricted yellow (to the throat) and a rather rich colour to the breast sides and neck. Any thoughts?

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I've just gone through a large number of Shore & Horned Larks to improve my skills...
I think the greyish ear coverts are very convincing (quite possibly the clincher) for an East American bird, see e.g. http://www.howardsview.com/HornedLarks/HornedLarks.html
Shore Larks always appear to have yellow ear coverts. The warm colour is more subjective (cf. http://waarneming.nl/fotonew/6/5690206.jpg).
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So this is the autumn mega. Old hat for some I imagine...

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Thanks Xenospiza, very helpful.

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Old Friday 10th October 2014, 22:08   #5
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Might provide some consolation for those dipping on the Tanager
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This looks like a nightmare!

http://birdingfrontiers.com/2014/02/...t-six-species/
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Perhaps six species not so bad, but depends if they are identifiable in the field or not? Something to keep an eye on, especially if you saw the Scilly 2001 bird. May have been others in Britain & Ireland that haven't been (so frequently) mentioned?
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Needs trapped, biometrics taken as well as any loose feathers collected for DNA purposes if this is to go further I would imagine. I seem to remember a well watched Scillies bird that never got past the starting line!
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Needs trapped, biometrics taken as well as any loose feathers collected for DNA purposes if this is to go further I would imagine. I seem to remember a well watched Scillies bird that never got past the starting line!
That bird was a bit more yellow on the cheeks than the Unst bird. Some American birds look unidentifiable (in a European context) to me. A thorough analysis of autumn-plumaged Shore Larks is probably required...
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More about Horned Lark taxonomy on this thread: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=158417
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