|Skylark (Alauda arvensis)|
Thanks to David Darrell Lambert
So, let's get on with the Skylark facts:
- This has probably the most shocking status that I have seen as it is a Red Status bird but even
more shockingly, it has around 1.5 MILLION BREEDING TERRITORIES.
- This is because it has had recent breeding population decline because one of their main habitats (arable farmland) is being destroyed. They have declines over 50% in the last 25 years.
- They are resident all over Ireland as well as most of the rest of the UK. They only spend their summer in Central Wales, North-Central England, South-Central Scotland and Northern Scotland.
|My picture which turned out to be a Meadow Pippet -|
More on this another day
- Skylarks have inspired many poets. Some of which are Chaucer, Blake and, with probably the most apt poem, Wordsworth with To a Skylark. It goes as follows:
- Up with me! up with me into the clouds! For thy song, Lark, is strong;Up with me, up with me into the clouds! Singing, singing,With clouds and sky about thee ringing, Lift me, guide me till I find that spot which seems so to thy mind!
- Thanks to Roy Noon for this link to a Skylark inspired piece of music - The Lark Ascending
- They are small birds, just 18cm in length and they only have a 33cm wingspan! They're not as light as some other birds, though, Males weighing 42g and Females are 35g.
- They have a very memorable aerial, territorial flight that can last up to 5 minutes. It flies straight up into the air to the pinnacle of it's ascent before flying down slowly, all the while singing its unique song.
- It can be found in all of the habitats, mostly in Moorland, Arable Farmland and Bogs. They are found the least in towns.
- They have a typical lifespan of just 2 years and the oldest Skylark ever was 9 years and 10 days. This small life is probably because their adult survival rating is but 50%.
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,