Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lark Sparrow

I have previously blogged about the Lark Sparrow, now a western bird found east only to Minnesota and Iowa. Formerly the species was found all the way to the Atlantic coast, spreading there after the eastern forests were cut with the advent of European settlement. Now that the fields are returning to forests or supplanted by urban development, Lark Sparrows are now rare birds in the East.

These photos were taken this May of singing Lark Sparrows near Timber Lake, South Dakota. Erika and I occasionally see them in Rice County, Minnesota, and most years we find them along the Cannon River Bike Trail in nearby Goodhue County. We found a singing bird there on Monday. According to Martin and Parrish (2000), no definitive studies of Lark Sparrow biology have been undertaken.

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