We had heard there were resident Eremophila alpestris (Horned Larks) on Grand Ridge, and were excited to actually see them and be close enough for a photo.
Nest with two eggs.
A flock of about twenty Horned Larks (both juveniles and adults) were drinking and roosting around the spillover from a pool at Spencer Hot Springs.
A skittish flock of at least 150 Horned Larks were in the scrub off the dirt road to the Stirrup Tank Boulder Field.
Larks are passerine birds of the family Alaudidae. All species occur in the Old World, and in northern and eastern Australia. Only one, the Horned Lark, is native to North America. Habitats vary widely, but many species live in dry regions.