[Tweeters] Horned Larks at Lummi Flats

Eric Ellingson abriteway at hotmail.com
Sat Feb 13 20:58:35 PST 2021

Strong winds blew away the dry snow in a few places along the fields at Lummi flats revealing bare patches that allowed many species of birds to find access to food.
Scanning through what was mostly Juncos I came across 7 Horned Larks.
This was quite a surprise and made my day. Whenever Northern Harriers would pass, the birds would take flight and find shelter in the brush nearby. Eventually, they'd return to the same spot and being feeding again.

Birding during these times of cold and especially snow brings out different behavior that is always interesting to see. Robins thick in bushes with berries. Red-winged Blackbirds by the hundreds with a mix of starlings and others getting water at places where it has not completely frozen.

I've been longing to get to the snow in Eastern Washington but a day like today filled the need at least a little bit. Spending 6 hours driving the county I ran across all sorts of interesting human activity too, lots of vehicles in ditches and/or stuck in the snow.

Horned Lark photo: https://flic.kr/p/2kBvQ93

Eric Ellingson
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