Thursday, March 19, 2009
Trills of the Western Meadowlark....
Photo by John and Karen Hollingsworth
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
"Turn on the Spring Sprink-le-r" is the description of the western meadowlark's song which my once-five-year-old son came up with many years ago. Another friend who lives on the prairie says her dad thinks the Meadowlark trill sounds like this: "Don't eat my noodle soup." After living amidst the meadowlarks some 28 summers, I have found that the prairie native can have many variations of its song throughout it's spring and summer stay in the open country. There is a link to the Western Meadowlark at E-nature that I like because the song they have recorded is so similar to what I hear. O My Goodness! I just found another site that has video of all kinds of birds "doing their thing." And here's one of the Western Meadowlark....singing, of course!
Check out other bird video clips at Bird Cinema.
Last evening I took a short little walk out to the Horse Creek Pasture and that's where I first heard the meadowlark. It's a bit of a contest in our family, to be the first to hear the meadowlark in the spring or the first to hear a robin. Generally, we hear the birds before we see them, so the other contest we have is "The First to SEE a robin, meadowlark, warbler...." These events go on my calendar since they are Events, after all.
Did you know the Western Meadowlark was designated the official state bird of Montana in 1931 -- chosen by Montana's school children (overwhelmingly) to represent the state? What birds are coming home for a Summer Stay where you live?