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Horned Lark

In any large areas of grasslands and sagebrush in Utah, you will find a group of birds called Horned Larks.  It is a goal of mine to get some good pictures.  They’re very cool looking birds.  They’re called horned larks because their breeding plumage includes black feathers on their heads that look like horns.  I don’t have pictures of the horns because it’s very hard to get a close picture.  I have blurry pictures from last winter of some.

If you want to see the horns, go here.  The best picture that I got at Deseret Ranch was this:

What?  You don’t see the details of the birds?  They don’t stay still for very long.  To make up for the disappointing lark pictures, I give you a porcupine!

Awesome, hunh?  Jon went over to him and he spread his legs out to show how impressive his quills are.  This was my first porcupine sighting.  I will also give you a story of a cow.

Deseret Ranch raises cows on the land and sells them for meat.  This is the best life for a cow.  They get to graze huge tracks of land and hang out with other cows.  The problem for us was that the cows like to hang out on the roads.  So we were stuck behind this cow for a mile.  Instead of walking up a hill and letting us pass, he just kept trotting.

The funny part is that he kept looking back at us like, “You?  Still?!”

4 Responses to “Horned Lark”

  1. Meg says:

    Wow, must have been cool to see a porcupine! I am not even entirely sure we have them around here; I have certainly never heard anything about them in this area.

    It has been so long since I have been on here! I have missed your pics! And I see you got a new tiel- he is soooo cute! Just like your other two, of course; what can beat tiels for cuteness?

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Meg! I’m so glad you’re back. I’ve missed your posts. Tiels really are the cutest and I love snuggling with baby tiels.

  3. Tiffany says:

    The horned larks are awesome! Can’t wait to see more.
    Porcupines are larger than you would imagine aren’t they (well, at least for me)?

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Yeah, I imagined them being about the size of guinea pigs. I really love discovering these animals that before I’d only read about. It was only a few years ago that the most exotic animal for me was an opossum.