Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Sparrows Common Year-Round
The Lark Sparrow is a common year-round, breeding resident on campus. They can be seen reliably on campus on the athletic fields, especially in spring and summer when they can be found nesting in the pine trees. The Lark Sparrow is a fairly common resident in southern California in the foothills and coastal lowlands.
High Count: 80, Average Count: 5-10 Mar-Sep, 10-30 Oct-Feb
Adult Lark Sparrows have an unmistakably bold chestnut, black, and white face pattern, streaky brown upperparts, and white underparts with a black central breast spot. Juveniles are similar to adults but have streaking on the breast.