Spring is a time when the Horned Larks here in Utah perch on top of rocks, posts, mounds of dirt, junipers and sagebrush to sing their songs. Horned Larks are year round residents in Utah so it sometimes surprises me when I hear people say “The Horned Larks are back” when they really haven’t ever left they have just moved to locations where they can get to food. They breed early and I have seen their young in fields this time of the year.
One year ago today I was out in the West Desert looking for birds to photograph and to check on a pair of nesting Red-tailed Hawks back in a canyon. It really wasn’t all that productive of a day for bird photography but anytime I am out enjoying the birds and scenery is a good day in my opinion. The hawks were on their nest and I took a few photographs of a Rock Wren on top of a gnarly old fence post. My best images of the day though were of this make Horned Lark on sagebrush singing and being blown around by the wind. I don’t often have the opportunity to photograph them on sagebrush so I jumped at the chance and I liked the out of focus hill in the background with just a sliver of blue sky.
Horned Larks sing often in the spring and will begin singing before the sun even comes up. I don’t have these larks where I live because the bluegrass lawns in town aren’t attractive to them. Pity, I’d love to hear them singing before dawn.
Life is good.