|Except for yellow lores and throat, this Eastern Meadowlark would be hard to see in the long grass, Rock Cut State Park; 4/17/2011.|
After a couple of years of listening to them, I finally decided to actively look for one to get a photograph and came upon a great spot for Meadowlarks quite by accident. Early this April, while looking for waterbirds in Rock Cut State Park, I decided to check out Olsen Lake, which is in part of the Park I don't often visit. While I was scanning the lake's surface for Scaups and Buffleheads, I heard it - an Eastern Meadowlark singing from behind me. Behind me is a good sized meadow that is set aside by the park as a training ground for dogs and their owners. This meadow is just south of the Olsen Lake Parking lot and there in the evening light I saw the Meadowlark singing away sitting atop a small bush in the distance. The light was too low for a good photograph, but I knew I would return the next morning to try to find it.
|An Eastern Meadowlark, Rock Cut State Park; 4/17/2011.|
|A good look at the black "bib" of an Eastern Meadowlark, Rock Cut State Park; 6/5/2011.|
Eastern Meadowlarks are found yearround in the Southeastern quadrant of the U.S., but in summer they will spread north and inhabit the entire Eastern half of the U.S. In winter they will migrate into Mexico. They have a striking bright yellow throat, breast, and belly broken up by a black bib (Above) and spotty streaking along its flanks. Its yellow lores is a nice contrast to its black eyeline and crown on an otherwise white head.