The Eurasian Skylark population registers in the millions in Europe and Asia but the only place it resides in North America is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia…between Sidney and Victoria. The subject of countless British poems (google Wordsworth and Tennyson) dating back hundreds of years, this famous songbird was introduced to parts of the USA and Canada in the early 1900’s. Buick even named a car after it in the 1950’s. Sadly, its NA population has almost been extirpated due to loss of farmland, changing agricultural practices and predation from starlings, crows and foxes.
The brown-colored skylark is well camouflaged and shy on the ground and very difficult to locate among its preferred grasslands. During breeding season, the skylark will “sing on territory” but its courtship display is unique. Rather than pose and sing on top of an exposed perch like many male birds, this aerial acrobat infrequently alights from its hidden position in the field and simultaneously twitters as it ascends to heights of 300 feet….a brown dot against the sky. Its unpredictable descent back to earth may have evolved to juke raptors but it frustrates photographers.
After two hours and three misses from the grounds of Longview (daffodil) Farm, I finally caught one with my telephoto lens. Not suitable for a framed print but this shot proves that indeed, the Eurasian Skylark still resides in North America.
George, you must have taken the photos close to the ferry landing, eh? I’ve been there many times, on my way to and from Victoria. What a beautiful place!
Hi Doug! YES, pretty close. Neat neat spot. Hope you are well professor.
Unbelievable. So cool George!
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Yeaaaaaaaa Geo!!!Go Fords!
Miss you Wendell!
We had a Skylark convertible in the 60s 👍🏼
Was Si’s car.
Then Libby got the Le Sabre convertible in the 70s. Remember when we piled in four or five of us to go to a concert at the Spectrum?
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George – many thanks – love the history lesson too – best, Zies
How the blithe Lark runs up the golden stair… A terrific look, George!
Prepping for May 20
A rare sighting indeed: “extirpated”. P.S. It is not safe to twitter whilst ascending, unless you are POTUS. Even then, rapid descent while tweeting could mean the end.
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So glad you read these KB!
Excellent- hope to see you soon! Anne
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I must come to Woodmere…after May 15 fairly open.
Jeff D. is very helpful
Way to go George
Still want that Hawfinch!
nice post! thanks G.
My dad had a Buick Skylark once! Black with red interior I believe. White soft top convertible. Nice going Woodrow!
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The lengths of the earth you travel to to “get your bird” Woody… amazing! And, thank you for the lesson re importation of species and British poets. Somewhere, Chopper is smiling!