Bird #134 — Lark Sparrow

chondestes (from chondros, grain, and edestes, eater) grammacus (lined)

Thursday, May 1, 1980 — 4:45 pm

Deerfield, Illinois

I was walking around a college campus, back by the baseball diamond.  There was a weed-covered dirt hill in the corner near the woods.  As I walked up the slope, a sparrow flew out of the weeds and landed facing me about 40 feet away in a row of brush and trees.  It was a beautiful bird with a striking head pattern and a white-edged tail that fanned out in flight.

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