It was on Sunday morning amid the thick fog that I ventured out for a typical morning of birding. Unexpectedly, it turned into an atypical day for me. Within 30 minutes, I had two new "life birds." Amazing! After just seeing the Lapland Longspur, I was more than satisfied, but that didn't stop me from checking some more places on my drive home. One of these was the community of Blackhead. Creeping along in my car, I noticed two sparrow-like birds fly in with flashes of white on the tail. That was different. I stopped the car suddenly and opened the door just enough to hide behind it to take a couple of records shots. These were sparrows, but what kind?
We had ample time to watch and study this bird yesterday. We even decided to move on before it did. The Lark Sparrow (according to Jared Clarke's blog, "Birding the Rock," rarities checklist accessible through the link on the right side of this page) is an unusual but not uncommon visitor to the province, often found annually.