Location: Captured near the Oak Hammock Marsh, north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada…Note: I remained inside my car, and rolled the window down…If you open the door they will immediately take flight.
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella Neglecta)…Fairly common, 9 1/2 in. (24cm). Nearly identical to the Eastern Meadowlark, but paler above and on the flanks; yellow of throat invades malar area behind bill. Crown stripes paler, more streaked with buff; wingbeats floppier, more Starling-like: in the southwest, “Lilians” Eastern Meadowlarks are just as pale as westerns, but show much more white in the tail. Best identified by call note.
Voice: Song variable; 7 to 10 flutelike notes, gurgling and double-note, unlike clear whistles of the Eastern. Calls chup or chuck and a dry rattle. Similiar species: Eastern Meadowlark.
Habitat: Grasslands, cultivated fields and pastures, meadows, prairies, and marsh edges.
Nesting; On the ground, 3-7 heavily spotted white eggs in in a grassy, partially domed nest, frequently with an entrance tunnel on the side; located in a grassy tussock.Note As a child on the farm, I have actually found their nest, and witnessed their pretty eggs.Range: Grassland areas of the Western Canadian Provinces, south through the prairies of all Western States and into Mexico, spreading east into the Midwest.
Info gleaned from the Peterson Field Guide
Take a moment and listen to their song *"Here":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvAUgFb1cLY Note: One of the most cheerful songs of all Songbirds, a sure sign of Springs Arrival here on the Prairies.
Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 75-300mm Lens, Aperture exp 11.0, Shutter speed 1/500, ISO 200