Posted by: atowhee | June 14, 2015

RETURN TO MALHEUR, DAY #3: ON A LARK

We had many fine birding moments today on this Klamath Bird Observatory sponsored trip.  There was a family of Prairie Falcons and a family of Barn Owls in the same cliff face at Princeton.  There were moth-like flying Short-eared Owls at Malheur.  Adult birds feeding young: Bullock’s Oriole, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Starling.  Burrowing Owl families, one with 7 members at a small desert watering hole fed by a century-old windmill creaking as it turned.  Finally, a good look at a singing Brewer’s Sparrow and two Lark Sparrows at close range.  But the Horned Lark was bird of the day:HOLA LIFTOFF (1280x960) HORNED (1280x960) HORNED2 (1280x960) I do admire Bobolink, Dickcissel, Western Meadowlark and the whole sparrow crowd, but for a grassland bird…could there be a more intriguing character, horns or no?


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