This Horned Lark fed along the snowy roadside during Erika and my drive home last Friday. The bird appeared to be eating weed seeds.
Horned Larks are found around the world, from the Arctic sousth to central Asia and Mexico. They also inhabit Columbia and Morocco (Beason 1995). In Europe, they are known as Shorelarks. Horned Larks are common in prairies, deserts, and agricultural areas. With deforestation, Horned Lark populations increased in eastern North America. During the past 50 years, however, much abandoned land in the east has reverted to forest. As a result, eastern Horned Lark numbers have declined.