Thursday, February 17, 2011

Eastern Meadowlarks

When I was a child one of the birds that totally captured my imagination was a meadowlark. I had seen one sitting on a post singing when I was quite young and from then on I was hooked. I looked for them in every field I saw. Actually, I still do.
 With the demise of farmlands and meadows the meadowlark is not as easy to find as it once was but there are still places on the Cape where you can find them regularly and easily. One of the best spots every winter and spring is Fort Hill in Eastham and while waiting to meet a friend today I spotted one fly into the field near the upper parking lot.
 It was soon joined by others and then there were 10 in all. The top picture was actually the last one I took as the birds spooked and took to a tree. In the middle picture you can see the trademark yellow breast with a black v bib on the bird on the right. Check out the bird in the center to see the tell tale white patches on either side of the tail--sometimes that is the first indicator you will see.....
Here are a few more pictures--the quality isn't great--they were pretty far away--but you can still see the yellow tint on the breast of the one in the middle. If you would like to know more about these lovely birds please check them out here.

If you have had a chance to get out today you know what an awesome day it has been.


  1. thanks for sharing. even if i was looking at one i wouldnt know what it was, so nice to be guided by photos

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