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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two Different Review List Birds in One Picture

A light rain and the fog set in as I set out this morning heading to Oilfield Miller Road where Paul Conover made a fantastic find of a Lark Bunting and a Green-Tailed Towhee. I had thoughts of turning around, heading home and trying another day due to the weather but decided against it.

I arrived at Oilfield Miller Road, parked my truck on the side of the road and waited. Just as I stopped there was movement to the north side of the road past the ditch. Several Coyotes sped by appearing to be in pursuit of something although I didn't see what it was.

Sparrows were gathered on the road in front of my truck. What kind were they? I reached for my binoculars and discovered I left them at home. I thought to myself, "Perhaps I should have stayed home?". I quickly looked in my back seat for my camera. At least I hadn't forgot it.

While watching for the Lark Bunting and Green-Tailed Towhee some White-Crowned Sparrows moved in. Hopefully this was a good sign of things to come.

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All of a sudden there were two birds on the ground on the north side of the road. I shook my head in disbelief and had to pinch myself to believe what I thought I saw was really what I saw. What started out as a not-so-good day all of a sudden became an INCREDIBLE DAY! The Green-Tailed Towhee and the Lark Bunting were on the north side of the road sitting on the ground mere inches apart. I was glad I had my camera because this would be hard for anyone to believe.

Both hung around for a few mintues and posed for pictures. The Green-Tailed Towhee is one striking bird.

The Lark Bunting got a bit nervous and flew up in a bush nearby. It was spectacular to see! Great finds Paul and thanks for sharing and posting to labird.

On the way home a discerning Red-Tailed Hawk was perched in a tree watching out for a meal.

I considered heading to the casino but changed my mind.


  1. Great shots. We should have tried our luck at the slots, it was a truly lucky day. I found the yellow-headed blackbirds right were said. Thanks.

  2. What was your setup for the towhee/bunting?