Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark (Courtesy of Phil Wyde)
Western Meadowlark
(Courtesy of Phil Wyde)

Often seen perched on a fence post serenading the countryside, the lovely song of the Western Meadowlark will bring a smile to anyone’s face on a cold, damp winter day.  The bright yellow breast with it’s dark V make it an easy bird to spot.  They prefer open areas such as grasslands, pastures, and meadows.  A member of the blackbird family, Meadowlarks build a cup-shaped nest on the ground, sometimes camouflaged with a dome of dried grasses.