We traveled from Ventura to Catalina Island yesterday, and had a number of small birds land on the boat. Most we could identify - Yellow-Rumped Warbler, California Towhee. But this little black fellow has us stumped. Anyone know what it is? Our best guess is a young Lark Bunting. It was 5 -6 inches long, and its feathers were scrufty and, naturally, windblown. There was the faintest hint of a light patch on its belly.
Hoping for some more informed opinion.