Shore lark


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shore lark (Zoöl) a small American lark (Otocoris alpestris) found in winter, both on the seacoast and on the Western plains. Its upper parts are varied with dark brown and light brown. It has a yellow throat, yellow local streaks, a black crescent on its breast, a black streak below each eye, and two small black erectile ear tufts. Called also horned lark.
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In literature:

They proved to be shore larks, the first I had ever seen.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
A Shore-lark on a clod whistled prettily as it felt the growing sunshine.
"Two Little Savages" by Ernest Thompson Seton
All hands were in high spirits with the thought of a lark on shore.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
Shore Lark and Sky Lark are the names by which they are usually known.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848" by Various
As a singer the Shore Lark is not to be despised, especially in his nesting haunts.
"Birds Illustrated by Colour Photography, Vol II. No. 4, October, 1897" by Various
Above the rippling of the water we could hear the distant larks on either shore.
"The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen" by Elizabeth von Arnim
Now you know what comes of talking to shore larks.
"The Treasure of the Isle of Mist" by W. W. Tarn
They proved to be shore-larks, the first I had ever seen.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
The Shore Lark, like the last, is a very rare visitor of Britain, and appears to be equally uncommon In France.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
I saw a young shore lark and a young snow bunting, both able to fly.
"Narrative of an Expedition to the Shores of the Arctic Sea in 1846 and 1847" by John Rae

In poetry:

The shore-lark soars to his topmost flight,
Sings at the height where morning springs,
What though his voice be lost in the light,
The light comes dropping from his wings.
"Ecstasy" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Here the shores are irised. Grasses
Clump the water dark that glasses
Broken wood and deepened distance.
Far the musical persistence
Of a field-lark lingers low
In the west where tulips blow.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
But even on this bitter shore of Styx
Where Life to dogged Death puts the last schism,
We kindle for the ending of the dark:
The Asthma feebly jokes the Aneurism,
The little bandaged boy in Number Six
Sings "Ye shall die" with a voice like a lark.
"Charing Cross" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland