Kurt Radamaker

Baja Gallery

Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla) Rancho San Jose de Castro.

Dave Powell and I found this Little Bunting (A first record for Mexico) while on a vagrant run to "The Point" 8 October 2008 at San Jose de Castro, Baja California Sur between 12:00pm and 2:00pm local time.

This photo shows the prominent eyering and ear covert mark

Note the lateral crown stripe and white in the tail

This photo helps illustrate the gray back, pale wing bar, brown wings and pink legs.

This photo shows the ear covert spot is visible even at a distance. The bird spent most of its time foraging on the ground staying hidden in the grass and weeds. It would remain out of sight, burried in the grass for lengthy periods, and at times we wondered if it was still present, then it would appear again.

My guess is the succulent visible in the photo is probably a plant that only grows in Baja or on the vizcaino desert