I have seen a few reports that Lark Sparrows are returning to northern Utah on the UBird group and I thought I saw one fly by me the last time I was on Antelope Island but it was such a quick look that I am not 100% sure that is what I saw.
I am very fond of Lark Sparrows because of their harlequin faces, their song and how early on in the breeding season they perch on top of rocks and sagebrush which allows me very nice views of these large sparrows. Lark Sparrows are only here for a few months a year and I hope that this year I will be able to add more photos of these sparrows to my portfolio.
Lark Sparrows are commonly seen west of the Mississippi but populations to the east are in decline due to reforestation and urbanization. They are another one of the bird species I quite often hear before I see them.
The day I photographed this Lark Sparrow with an ant on the boulder right next to it the light wasn’t the best for bird photography but when I reviewed the images and saw the ant I knew I had to keep this photo. I have images of Larks Sparrows with grasshoppers and caterpillars but this is the first one where I captured an ant in the frame with a Lark Sparrow. This isn’t my best photo of a Lark Sparrow but it is unique.
Antelope Island provides plenty of the habitat Lark Sparrows prefer on their breeding grounds and it is an excellent location to find, hear, observe and photograph this unmistakable and easily identified sparrow species.
Life is good.