Melodious Lark

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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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.
  • In bright colors, fearless behavior, abundance, and above all its loud cheerful song, perhaps makes the Western Meadowlark the most popular of all western birds. (Certainly one of mine)*

Info gleaned from the Peterson Field Guide

Take a moment and listen to their song *"Here": 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

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