Wednesday, October 7

Beating the Incoming Storm

I really, really wanted to get out and 'shoot' something today, but I really, really didn't want to go too far due to the impending ugly weather. So I drove out Elk Creek Rd., east of the Hills, to the large pond out there...the sunlight didn't last long, as the poor color/light of my photos shows... it doesn't show how darn windy it was...

I saw a few female Northern shovelers, among the many, many American coots at the pond.

Now why did I know I'd see meadow-larks along the dirt road? And I saw a lot of them, too, but they were a lot more skittish than usual.

I couldn't get a good shot of these small birds that were skittering all over the dirt road, but clearly they were horned larks. Field guide says they favor the most barren landscape and can nest in Feb. Gads.


  1. I was wondering if you ever get heavy snow this early in the season Jann. I imagine it is beautiful there.

  2. It is always nice to get out of the house..Your trips out are always nice to see..are you suppose to get more snow??It is pretty chilly here this evening,but no snow for a while I hope...

  3. It is pretty cold and ugly in the Foothills at the moment...might be an interesting drive to school in the am. Hope you don't get the first snow day of the year up north.

  4. Oh, brave the weather - but leave your camera inside. I have seen some of the most beautiful sights without my camera (twice yesterday - two bull elk and a bull moose within 20 yards). But not worth the risk of ruining your equipment.

  5. How interesting about the horned larks. We have none in our area and the meadow larks are rare too. I wonder if they are nervous because of the weather changing.

  6. ah yes, that annoying wind! the meadow larks must be related to our meadow pipits. ( see my blog today)