Here are a few photos, with captions, from this past weekend along coastal Connecticut.
immature Golden Eagle over Lighthouse Point, New Haven, CT
lingering Baltimore Oriole at Harkness SP, Waterford, CT
Lark Sparrow found by Russ Smiley in New London, CT
Among about a dozen Horned Larks in fading light at Hammonasset Beach SP in Madison, CT was one noticeably paler individual. There is much variation in this species throughout North America, particularly regarding upperpart and head color. This pale individual is likely from a different breeding population than the birds with which it is flocking. At least two subspecies of Horned Lark occur in Connecticut...which might make for an interesting future blog post!