Meadowlark ~ Western by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Marana, Az with Canon Powershot SX10Is 2009

Western Meadowlark is generally found in drier habitats with shorter grass than the Eastern. it is more widspread, nesting well into the Canadian prairies, with vagrants recorded as far north as Alaska and Siberia. meadowlarks are best distinguished by the males call. VOICE Song a variable set of whistled phrases; usually begins with 1 or 2 sweet, clear notes and ends with more complex, contorted, slurred whistles ( like a slide whistle). Call is a flat tuk, never given by the Eastern

IDENTIFICATION Bill usually appears longer, more decurved than the Eastern. Like the Eastern but has paler flanks with shorter streaks, paler head and upperparts, less contrast in head pattern.

Eastern Meadowlark inhabits open areas such as meadows, prairies, farm fields, salt marshes, and grasslands. It is most often seen singing from fencepost or searching for insects and seeds on the ground.

VOICE Song is a variable low, whistled tiooooo,tiierrrrrr, second phrase lower, descending and meloncholy. Call is a short, buzzy dzzzit_, quite different from the Western Meadowlark. SONGS AND CALLSMeadowlark.aspx

IDENTIFICATION Like Western but more richly rufous-tinged above (except Lilian’s). Strong contrast in head pattern. Yellow throat seperated from streaked auriculars by white malar.

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  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesalmost 5 years ago

    Awwh lovely Kimberly! I wish you could add sound on here, I’d love to hear some of your beatiful birds song! :)

    Gabe :)

  • You have given me a great idea my friend. I will start with this page. Look at the bottom of the info and if I did it right it will take you to a page that you can play the song….Thank you very much for planting the seed. Give me a few days and I will link all the images!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Babcia
    Babciaalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot and love the sound idea

  • Thank you! Well now all my images are linked to the site so everyone can hear their songs!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Rstrick2
    Rstrick2almost 5 years ago

    great shot this bird. I love the pose

  • Thank you Robert, I drove with very slowly yet steady as to not spook him, then just hoped !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Kimberly~ Elaine

  • I thank you Elaine for visiting my world and leaving a comment ! thank you very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesalmost 5 years ago

    Kimberly you are a clever cookie! :) I’ve just been in on the bird song and it’s beautiful! Awwh thank you! :) Now I can enjoy the song also! :)

    Gabe :) Did I tell you I love planting seeds! :) I’m a gardener! LOL!

  • Well I finished quicker than I thought. All of them are linked, if I forgot one, let me know and I will fix it! You are a great gardener, feeds my OCD

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Kim, and so nice to see you added info on the Eastern as well…These are one of my favorite songsters, I love to listen to them in the early spring, as I can hear them right from my deck…BTW, nice touch to add their song…inst Fave

  • It is done>>>> Thank you my dear friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunteralmost 5 years ago

    Very nice capture.

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful shot

  • I appreciate that Robert, I truly do!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    Wonderfully sharp image Kimberly. I’ll have to get my sound fixed!

  • LOL, thank you Trish….No hurry ~ though they are all linked now!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture. There are few around here anymore. I often wonder why…Hugs…Tom

  • Thank you Tom!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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