These were the mostcommon nesting species and had similar nesting periods; Cassin's sparrows, lark sparrows (Chondestes grammacus), and grasshopper sparrows.
Lark sparrow (Chondestes grammacus) nest-site selection and success in a mixed-grass prairie.
The 11 most abundant birds seen during summer surveys on Aquilla Lake included northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus), northern cardinal, Carolina chickadee, yellow-billed cuckoo, dickcissel, killdeer (Charadrius vociferus), lark sparrow (Chondestes grammacus
), eastern meadowlark, northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), mourning dove and painted bunting (Passerina ciris).
pictus (Swainson), Smith's I R longspur Chondestes grammacus
(Say), lark I R sparrow Junco hyemalis (Linnaeus), dark- I A eyed junco Melospiza georgiana (Latham), swam I O sparrow M.
The degradation, displacement, and fragmentation of coastal prairie habitat has contributed to the decline of such birds as the lark sparrow (Chondestes grammacus
), Henslow's sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii), LeConte's sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii), Attwater's greater prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri), and other grassland-dependent bird species.
to 10 Aug., 2009: White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus; Hopp et al., 1995), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea; Kershner and Ellison, 2012), Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinally, Halkin and Linville, 1999), Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris; Lowther et al., 1999), and Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus
; Martin et al., 2000).
Little is known about ectoparasites and arthropods associated with lark sparrows (Chondestes grammacus
) and their nests.
we included the ash-throated flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens), western kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis), warbling vireo (Vireo gilvus), Lucy's warbler (Oreothlypis luciae), western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), lark sparrow (Chondestes grammacus
), lark bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys), black-headed grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus), lazuli bunting (Passerina amoena), Bullock's oriole (Icterus bullockii), and lesser goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria).
We observed one species of conservation concern (USDI, 2002; Rich et al., 2004; Butcher et al., 2007) in WCSP (bobolink, Dolichonyx oryzivorus, n = 16), two in commercial sunflower (bobolink, n = 31; northern harrier, Circus cyaneus, n = 1) and two in non-sunflower crop fields (Franklin's gull, Larus pipixcan, n = 1; lark sparrow, Chondestes grammacus
, n = 10) during point counts.
Nests of mourning doves (Zenaida macroura), common nighthawks (Chordeiles minor), upland sandpipers, and lark sparrows (Chondestes grammacus
) were present in very small numbers calculated by Mayfield (1961, 1975).