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I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’ve made a project out of photographing sparrows that show up in and around Tucson. I’m up to 10 species so far and there are several others that I’d like to photograph.
This very pretty little bird is a Lark Sparrow.
These birds are known for the striking rufous, pale gray, and black color scheme on their faces. Another identifying mark for one of these sparrows is the black spot on its otherwise unmarked chest.
I found this bird perched with several others of its species on a low mesquite tree next to a grass-lined ditch in agricultural country northwest of Tucson. Lark Sparrows are fairly common in open country around Tucson. They are year-round residents in the Tucson area. As is the case with many sparrows, Lark Sparrows have habitats that they very much prefer. They like grassy slopes with low-growing vegetation. One would be highly unlikely to find one of these birds in our local desert.
Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 ISII zoom lens+1.4x telextender, aperture priority setting, ISO 800, f8 @ 1/200.