Last month's bird (plate 282, shown here at reduced size) is clearly a quite bulky small passerine and the silhouette suggests a bunting (Emberizidae) or a lark (Alaudidae), but with a rather large head, giving a blunt and heavy--but still sleek--outline. The bold head pattern of dark lateral crown stripes and dark triangular marks on the side of the head clearly indicate a bunting rather than

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