However, for now; well, as of a couple of days ago there is one.
|Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys), male|
In high-desert grasslands such as the Marfa Plateau or our Marathon Basin, the number of Lark Buntings can be staggering. Large, seed-eating flocks questioning us with a call of "What?..What?"
My first returning Lark Bunting noticed was back on the 18th of July. Yes, we also had a single group of seven fly over-head on August 10th. That's been it. The single male in mid-July may have been this particular male, photographed a few days ago in the same general area as seen over a month prior.
For a bird that spends much of its life in such large flocks, I wonder if a sense of liberation at being the "first" on a wintering-ground is felt or loneliness? Both? That question is ofcourse far more human than bunting, but still..
If it was a call to all or a call to none, no matter; it won't be terribly long.
He will also lose that dapper, black suit of feathers; his summer-breeding plumage.