Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mystery Bird

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mac and Catherine, This is from the Bird Expert at the museum:
Although the plumage is a bit strange (somewhat typical for actively molting birds to have an odd plumage), I believe it is a Brown-headed Cowbird. Strange birds turn up over water during migration.

October 23, 2011 6:00 PM  

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