My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris

Note: this post, while published, is a work in progress, as are all posts in this series, My Photo Life List. My goal is to photograph every species of bird that is seen on a regular basis here in Michigan, working from a list compiled by the Michigan chapter of the Audubon Society. This will be a lifelong project, that I began in January of 2013, and as I shoot better photos of this, or any other species, I will update the post for that species with better photos when I can. While this series is not intended to be a field guide per se, my minimum standard for the photos in this series is that one has to be able to make a positive identification of the species in my photos. The information posted here is from either my observations or the Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia, however, I have personally shot all the photos appearing in this series.

Horned Lark, Eremophila alpestris

Unlike most other larks, this is a distinctive-looking species on the ground, mainly brown-grey above and pale below, with a striking black and yellow face pattern. During the summer male has black “horns”, which give this species its American name.

This is a bird of open ground. In America, where there are no other larks to compete with, it’s found on farmland, on prairies, in deserts, on golf courses and airports, and the like.

The nest is on the ground, with 2-5 eggs being laid. Food is seeds supplemented with insects in the breeding season. The nest may be near corn or soybeans for a source of food, and the female chooses the site.

In the open areas of western North America, Horned Larks are among the bird species most often killed by wind turbines.

On to my photos:

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This is number 76 in my photo life list, only 274 to go!

That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!

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3 responses

  1. I am now officially quite jealous ! In my dreams I’ll see a lark. Thank you for sharing yours.

    April 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    • Thanks, but I’ll get better photos of them, if I can stop chasing the kestrels, eagles, and ducks when I go to Muskegon.

      April 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      • You’re in a bird wonderland. Lucky you.

        April 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm