[CT Birds] Not a Sprague's Pipit

Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Wed Sep 5 11:28:15 EDT 2012

9/5. Correction. After further review of my photos, the reported Sprague's Pipit seems to actually be a Horned Lark, probably a worn or transitional juvenile.  Despite the streaky breast-band, and pale around the eye, there is a dark patch under the eye. The tail pattern looks closer to Horned Lark, including thin white outer edge. The bill looks too broad-based for a pipit, as pointed out by Julian Hough, and the legs look more gray than pale, as Nick Bonomo pointed out.
I'll post photos later.

Sorry for the false alarm.

Frank Mantlik
11:25. 9/5

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