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Western Meadowlark

Both Utah and California have Western Meadowlarks.  They’re quite common birds, but it took awhile before I even saw them.  I guess they blend well.  This picture is from last July in Utah.  The poor bird is very hot.

They frequently have their backs turned, which makes them harder to identify.  From the front, it’s very clear that this is no sparrow, warbler or pipit.

Isn’t he amazing?  You would think that they would be very visible with that yellow front, but here is a picture of his surroundings.

With all those yellow flowers, he’s actually hard to spot.

The last three pictures were taken in Palo Alto, California.  I’ve seen meadowlarks since moving to Utah in Farmington Bay.  For some reason, he was hanging out in a tree full of European Starlings.

one of these things is not like the other

But then later he was alone.  I wish these pictures was clearer, but that day we were experiencing an inversion.  I’m so glad that we haven’t had an inversion for several weeks now.  You can actually feel the pollution when you inhale.  It is a natural consequence of living in the valley, but increased pollution has caused a greater incidence of inversions over the years.

I’m going to treat myself to a new camera base this week, so hopefully next weeks’ pictures will be even better!

6 Responses to “Western Meadowlark”

  1. Cindy says:

    Beautiful photos! I love Meadowlarks – they’re unusual to see around here. Love the yellow flowers in that meadow – really illustrates how the coloration makes sense. :-)

  2. dguzman says:

    There was a big field near the Marsh House where I lived for a while here in PA, and all I had to do was whistle the “spring of the year” Eastern Meadowlark call and all these EAMEs would come out of their cover and start calling back. Sometimes a few would take to the air and circle over my head, trying to figure out where the intruder was. It was awesome!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks mom!

    Delia, that is so fun! I should see whether the Western Meadowlarks have a special call too. I haven’t been close enough to hear them make noise.

  4. Elizabeth–I love your blog and share your enthusiasm for birds. I have never seen a meadowlark and yet, when I was growing up in Provo, was told they were all around and I could recognize them by their call:
    Provo City is a pretty little place.
    Provo City is a pretty little place.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Cynthia! I love your blog too. :-)

    Provo is a great place for birdwatching. I can’t wait for spring so I can go back and see the Cedar Waxwings.

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