Lark Sparrows Have Returned to Antelope Island

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Singing Lark SparrowSinging Lark Sparrow – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

For the past week I have been anxiously awaiting my first sighting of Lark Sparrows and yesterday I finally saw them. I had been hearing their songs from a distance so I knew they were there. Lark Sparrows are large for sparrows and because of their facial pattern they are unique and easy to identify.

Resting Lark SparrowResting Lark Sparrow – Nikon D810, f8, 1/800, ISO 250, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I love to hear these beautiful sparrows singing from the tops of sagebrush and this one stayed on this bush for at least five minutes alternating between singing and resting. It gave me plenty of time to photograph it while I listened to its song.

I paid the price of getting a few bites from the biting gnats while photographing this beauty but I think it was worth it.

I love spring migration and seeing the birds of summer!

Life is good.

Mia

3 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover April 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Patty, there are some beautiful recording of their songs in the link Mia posted above. And I agree, beautiful little bird and wonderful images by Mia (enduring a few bites from the gnats).

  2. Patty Chadwick April 23, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Whhat a beautiful little bird…such rich browns and dishtinct markings…wish I could hear their song. Bsome of the most beautiful music comes some of the most unexpected sources…

  3. Bev April 23, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Sweet! Love these singers

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