Saturday, March 30, 2013

Western Meadowlark


On Saturday, 30 March 2013, Erika and I photographed a Western Meadowlark near Lake Byllesby, Goodhue Co., Minnesota. This species is not that rare in eastern Minnesota, just hard to identify. See my discussion on telling Eastern and Western meadowlarks apart. I based my identification of this bird on the fact that the yellow of the throat runs up the malar stripe on the side of the head—the area below the eye and above the throat. The black tail bars not touching may also indicate that this bird is a Western Meadowlark.

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