Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Horned Larks Face The Cold

I spotted some Horned Larks facing the cold the other day.
Horned Larks in the cold
 What do these birds eat during the winter?
Horned Lark
 The larks I saw were happily eating weed seeds at the edges of fields and along the roadsides.
Horned Lark feeding on weed seeds
  In the photo below, the Horned Lark was feeding on seeds that it had just shaken loose from the tall weed above its head.  I missed the shot of the lark jumping up to grab hold of the weed stem with its beak and tugging on it to shake out some seeds.  The bird's quick tug scattered the seeds on the snow where it was busily feeding when I finally was able to snap a photo.
Horned Lark feeding on weed seeds
 In this next photo, a Horned Lark has left a scatter of seeds in the far right of the photo.
Horned Lark eating weed seeds
So many weed seeds, so little time...


  1. Isn't that the truth...

    What kind of amounts of snow are you all expecting this round?

    1. Bevy,
      I reckon weed seeds are one way 'God feeds the birds'.

      We are far enough west of the coast that we get very little snow from storms that move up the coast. On the other hand, its colder here so the snow that we get stays around longer. There is presently 8 1/2 inches of snow on our picnic table from previous snows.