Western Meadowlark


Western Meadowlark

The Western Meadowlark is a beautiful, medium-sized bird that gathers in sizable flocks on the dry grassy fields surrounding the Urban Forest each winter. They arrive in October from their spring/summer breeding grounds and find strength and safety in numbers on the hilltop area as they collectively feed on insects and seeds at the ground level. The striking yellow and black underside plumage is very well camouflaged as they feed low in the field due to wing and back feathers perfectly colored to blend in with the brown, beige and tan grasses of the winter field. It takes a patient and attentive eye to survey the field and notice the presence of the flock due to this deceptive coloration. Yet, the astute observer will be rewarded when the whole flock is suddenly flushed into the air, revealing the bright yellow undersides and black necklace along with a flash of white at the edges of the tail. It’s a joy to see and well worth the wait.

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