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Lark Buntings in Texas

Lark Bunting
Lark Bunting

Found this Lark Bunting in its basic plumage which has a “sparrow-like” appearance to it. This wasn’t an easy bird to identify and I spent more time studying the pictures of these birds than any other birds on my Texas trip. Lark Bunting – LIFER (CHECK)!!

Lark Bunting
Tree inundated with Lark Buntings

The 2nd morning on the ranch we had slow flakes on the ground and the lighting for bird photography was horrible. But my goal for the day was to find a Roadrunner (which I never did find) and I just located a few species from the previous day. That was until I located this tree inundated with little brown jobs!! Something was different about these birdies and what I found most noticeable was the white wing bars in a few of the birds.

Lark Bunting
Lark Buntings

Slowly I would take a picture and then move forward as they were fluffing up and preening their feathers. Poof!! These birds suddenly all took flight in a group and flew further than I could see. Actually studying their wing pattern while in flight is what finally gave them away in being the Lark Bunting.

Lark Bunting
Lark Buntings flying away

After the cloud of birds flew away, I noticed a few individuals still sitting on the cactus. I approached closer with camera in hand and noticed these guys also had many cute markings on them. I still had not figured out what species it was but my heart was pumping with excitement.

Lark Bunting
Last Lark Bunting on Cactus

I kept moving closer and closer to this one individual before it decided to fly away. The Lark Bunting is a species that I didn’t expect to find in Texas but I am happy to say they are now on my Life List!!


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5 responses

  1. How neat Tom! They are cute little LBJ’s!

    29 January 2010 at 7:30 am

  2. What a precious little bird. During my many visits to TX, I’ve yet to see one. When I was a little girl, roadrunners were everywhere. But since I’ve become an adult, I have seen any. Now that I think of it, there are many different species of wild things that I don’t see anymore, but were plentiful during my childhood. Look forward to more posts about your trip! ~karen

    30 January 2010 at 9:00 am

  3. I just love the cactus setting.

    31 January 2010 at 12:41 pm

  4. Oh, congratulations! It is a sweet bird. We have them here in AZ.

    4 February 2010 at 6:11 am

  5. ALONDRA

    THIS ARE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES, I LOVE BIRDS AND I`M NAMED AFTER THESE ONES, IN SPANISH ITS “ALONDRA” SO IM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THEM AND I HAVE NEVER FOUND SOMETHING LIKE THIS, ITS VERY HARD TO HAVE THEM FLYING BECAUSE THEY NESTS ARE ON THE FLOOR IN ROCKS….ITS REALLY WONDERFUL SEE PICTURES LIKE THIS, IF YOU HAVE MORE PLEASE LET ME KNOW…
    THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS. .

    17 August 2010 at 12:36 pm

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