New Life Bird: The Horned Lark – Day 38

I spotted the two of them, flying low over the sand as I photographed ducks in the channel at Ridgevale Beach.

From a distance, they looked to me like sparrows.

Yet I noticed yellow feather patches on the head of one in particular that I’d never seen on a sparrow before.

Which made me want to get a closer look.

I found out later that I had seen my first Horned Larks!

Males like this one are sandy brown above and white below, with a black mask and chest band, yellow patches on the head, and often tiny black feathers that look like “horns” (missing on this individual) on the top of the head which gives them their name.

Now I can hardly wait to get back over to that beach, and see if I can visit with them again! 😉