~Birding in Texas, Lark Sparrow

South Llano River State Park, Junction, TX, April, 2017

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I need to get busy and publish more bird photos from our trip back in March/April. I am going to run out of time, to publish these early spring photos, before we travel through Texas again. I will then have fall photos to publish. What a fun situation for me to be in! {Grins}

Below are a few photos of a pretty sparrow with a long neck and tail that has distinctive markings on its face. I don’t get to see Lark Sparrows in Colorado, so it is always a pleasure to see them when we are traveling.

I first observed the Lark Sparrow on January 9, 2007 in Catalina State Park, Oro Valley, AZ. In case you might not know where Oro Valley is, it is near Tucson.

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~Photo below is an adult Lark Sparrow with its pretty patterned face.

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Lark Sparrow

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I believe this one enjoying a bath is a younger bird, because of the light tan colored markings on its face. As they age the tan color turns white.  Note the difference in the coloring on the face between the photo above and these below. Perhaps the difference is, because it is wet!

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They sure do love a bath.
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Sweet
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Note the dark spot on the breast.

Sparrows can be beautiful!

Happy Birding!

And, always try to take a few minutes everyday to enjoy nature.

 

4 thoughts on “~Birding in Texas, Lark Sparrow”

    1. I agree; they get lumped in to “oh, it’s just a Sparrow” but there are so many that to be able to appreciate each breed of Sparrow is enlightening. There are some wonderful species of Sparrow and Thank You Sheila for identifying another for us! k

      1. Karla, you are very welcome! It is always a challenge to ID Sparrows. Starting a few days ago, Hummers started to stick around the yard. Three are out there this morning fighting over the feeder. Hope you are enjoying your time in W2!! Love and hugs!

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