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Sky Lark SKLA (Alauda arvensis)


i do hope somehow this enclave of beautiful larks with amazing songs can rebound and recover to breed in some of the other locales besides the airport.

I will be listening (with hopeful optimism) this Spring.


Martindale Flats

Central Saanich BC


i am glad that my first views at Martindale had with crest erect.

(If this had have been my first view i may have been scratching my head)

Also very glad to hear/get familiarized with flight call and flight style ( at close hand).

All the aids and guides are great ...but there is nothing like watching a bird out in the elements.

As David Marques has noted recently, SKLA and Horned Lark are so similar in flight as to be often indistinguishable to differentiate.

The flight calls however are very diagnostic.

Hopefully i can keep them sharp in my memory.



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Taken on February 9, 2017