Hundreds of Lark Sparrows

More from my trip to Arizona. The feeders in the backyard of my hostess's house had many visitors, but the most numerous were the beautiful lark sparrows. Although I saw a house sparrow here or there, the lark sparrows provided the daily song and beauty. These photos and video were shot in Camp Verde, Arizona, from April 29-May 3, 2016.

 Lark Sparrow, Camp Verde, Arizona, April 29, 2016

Lark Sparrow, Camp Verde, Arizona, April 29, 2016

These striking birds have very strong stripes and a spot on the chest that reminded me of the song sparrows we see here in Central Park.

One of my favorite sights while I backyard bird-watched was the "lark sparrow tree," when a nearby tree would "leaf out" with these lovely little birdies.

I understand that these birds are decreasing in number east of the Mississippi, but are still thriving in the West.

I've added a short video to the Filming the Feathers series to celebrate these feathered beauties, set to a recorder sonata by Handel.