Have you ever seen a more wonderful lemon color? Shouldn’t it be called Meadowlark Lemon? 3/1/17 a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks stalked through our lawn, probing the ground for insects with their long, sharp bills.
On the ground, their brown and black dappled upper parts camouflage the birds in the dry grasses. This was my first view, so hard to see I got out my spotter scope. That allowed me to try to take some photos through the scope with my iPhone. Hard to do but worth trying.
This is the mate. They are chunky, medium-sized songbirds with short tails and a sweet, lazy, repertory of flute-like whistles. The Eastern male meadowlark sings 50-100 songs. Sounds like we should compare the Eastern Meadowlark with the Northern Mockingbird! Both like to sing from exposed perches.
Male and female look alike. We rarely see them.I keep records in our Sibley. Prior sightings were 3/31/05, 3/18/10, and 3/22/14.