Saturday, April 30, 2011

Western Meadowlark

Several times a minute, the Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) opens its throat wide and warbles a pleasing "Come to me sweetheart!" cry.

Spring is here and the Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) is getting frisky. Silent all winter, this member of the blackbird family can be seen on fence posts, tall reeds, or small mounds of earth strutting its stuff and filling the air with a flute like call. I always look forward to the Meadowlark's return.

I watched this Meadowlark for at least a half hour getting closer and closer with my tripod and 500mm lens. Between cries he would fluff his feathers and primp. I think he was quite please with himself.

Feeding mostly on insects, this medium-sized bird nests on the ground, which is why it is common in open fields. The distinctive yellow breast and black bib make this bird easily identifiable even when zooming by at 60 mph.

1 comment:

Jann E. said...

The Western meadowlark is back to the Black Hills with a vengance too, always a welcome sight after such long winters here.