Saturday, 15 October 2016

Short-toed Lark at St Agnes Head

This bird must be one of the most obliging Short-toed Larks ever.  It was completely oblivious to everyone around it, including dog walkers.  It fed on flower seeds continually in the car park to the west of the coastguard hut. First seen on Thursday it was still present on Saturday.  Its the second record of the species this Autumn and is also only the second one I have ever seen on the Cornish mainland.
This bird is of the western form (south Europe) showing warmth to the plumage tones rather than the greyish Asiatc form.

Short-toed Lark, St Agnes Head, October 2016. (Nikon D500, 500mm F4).

3min Video clip by Mr John Chapple

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