Beautiful Night in the Black Dirt, 08/01/22

Work has been super stressful for me lately, and as we all know so well, Mondays are the absolute worst. Usually birding is my respite from any worries in my life, and it’s normally particularly effective when it’s work related. But lately, even on good birding days, I haven’t been able to completely shake it and it’s taken some of the joy out of my birding. Tonight, however was different. It was a beautiful evening to get out, and as I entered the black dirt I could feel the tension leaving my body.

~Horned Lark in the black dirt, 08/01/22.~

It was pleasantly birdy in the black dirt, and then I had a really nice experience with one of my favorites – a Horned Lark. Horned Larks breed in the county, but really, I don’t see them all that often in the summer. So I was pretty happy to come across one this evening. To make it better, instead of the usual distant look, the bird was relatively close and slowly worked its way toward me, allowing for excellent looks and a chance to get some photos. It’s strange how things coalesce sometimes; the right bird at the right time, on a beautiful night in the black dirt.

~Red-tailed Hawk with prey, black dirt 08/01/22.~
~Mourning Dove in the black dirt, 08/01/22.~
~Savannah Sparrow in the black dirt, 08/01/22.~

2 thoughts on “Beautiful Night in the Black Dirt, 08/01/22”

  1. Nice one Matt! Just being in nature and taking a deep breath does the trick for me, but running across one of your favorite birds works just as well!

    1. Thanks Kyle – lately it’s been tough for me to disengage, so it was nice to be able to last night. Matt

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