Tuesday 5 April 2011

Larkin aboot

A shore lark was found at Duridge this afternoon, on the short grass, just north of the plantation. It was there from lunchtime, seemingly found by Winnie Banks, a very nice find indeed!

To me, it looks like a female, smaller horns, yellow on the face not as bright as the male and more streaky. I found a shore lark a few springs ago which was  certainly a male, big horns and bright yellow on the face. I could well be wrong though....

Shore lark at Druridge (c) Alan Gilbertson
Shore lark isn't a new bird for me at Druridge, I can't find it in the database (still 10 notebooks to go into it!) but it was in the autumn and a good few years ago. Great bird though, especially in the spring.

There were seven twite on the grass with it which gave excellent close views until they were scattered by a dog walker.

Thanks to Alan for the piccie and letting me know about it.

94 shore lark


Bryan Rains said...

I've got two records of Shore Lark at Druridge a good while ago - 5th March '95 and 7th Jan '96. There must have been others though.

Ipin said...

Bryan, I think it might have been the Jan 96 I saw, will have to dig out the notebook.