Western Meadowlark

I came across this Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) sitting on a post supporting a barbed wire fence down in California. Unfortunately, he only took a glance back at me before flying off and getting in front of him was nigh on impossible due to the fence, plus I wouldn’t have wanted to trespass. These colourful song birds are occasionally found up here on the BC coast, mostly in the southern parts during the fall and winter months and a few are found in parts of Vancouver Island year round – but numbers are dropping. Not only do these birds have a bright yellow throat as seen here, but also their stomachs and parts of their breast are yellow too, along with a splash of black on the chest. Their song is what attracts people to their presence – it is one of the most melodic I’ve ever heard and is rarely forgotten.

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