Typically I don’t try to play favorites when it comes to birds because they are all so wonderful, interesting and so much fun to photograph; even the ones most people ignore, but I have to admit that Lark Sparrows are a favorite of mine.
First, I love their calls and songs and even when I don’t see the birds I know that they are there probably walking around under the sagebrush or weaving through the grasses.
Second, I love the harlequin patterns on their faces created by the chestnut, cream, buff and black plumage on their heads. Some might say they look clownish with those patterns but not me, I think it makes them look elegant. The harlequin faced Lark Sparrows are unique, easily identified and quite striking for sparrows which are known for being “little brown jobs”.
The Lark Sparrow above was photographed yesterday on Antelope Island and was one of a pair I found right next to the road. One of the birds had a piece of dried grass in its bill and I hoped I would get to see the sparrows courting but they flew off.
Sorry this is a bit short but I am heading north this morning to guide Steve Creek, one of my favorite people, on his first trip to one of my favorite places, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge! I just know he is going to love it.
Life is good.