Over the weekend I heard about a Lark Bunting reported from a preserve in a nearby county in northern Illinois called Nippersink. I hadn’t even heard of this place and oddly enough, had never seen a Lark Bunting before either.
This bird of the Great Plains somehow ended up at this beautifully restored prairie grassland and was one of the easiest lifers to find!
I was fascinated by the bird’s song; it reminded me of the beginning of a Bobolink and upon hearing it for the first time, that is precisely what I thought I had heard.
What a beautiful bird and a fun rare find.
Many thanks to several kind birders who posted detailed directions to the preserve as well as the trail the bird was found on.