Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Eastern Meadowlark

Linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's wild bird I am sharing the Eastern Meadowlark.  It is a beautiful medium sized songbird.. I do not see them near my home very often, due to the farmland is disappearing.. But,  I was thrilled to see not just one but five of them on the grounds at the Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks, NC.


They were still a distance away and my photos are not as clear as I would like.. But, I enjoyed seeing them, I could not fit all five in one photo. So I had to take several shots.


The Eastern Meadowlark will stalk thru the grasses probing for insects will their long bill.  They are beautiful birds with their bright yellow underparts and a bold V on their chest..

Till next week's wild bird post.. I wish you happy Birding and have a wonderful week!

Join in and post your birdies and to see more beautiful and wonderful bird and fence photos please visit:

 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes

Thanks to all of our hosts... Michelle for Nature Notes and Stewart of Wild Bird Wednesday.


  Happy Birding and have a wonderful week!







52 comments:

  1. a pretty bird and more distinctive than many larks are!

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  2. Aqui ou lá os pássaros nos encantam sempre!Adoro! beijos, lindo dia! chica

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  3. You must have been delighted to see them if they are rare locally. American Meadowlarks remind me of African Yellow-throated Longclaws - another beautiful bird.

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  4. Good morning Eileen!!
    Such beautiful birds!Lovely images seeing the birds thru the grasses!!
    Great captures!Wish you a happy week!!
    (I love your new header!!!)
    Dimi...

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  5. so pretty. I gotta get up your way one day

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  6. What a beautiful bird is this.
    These is not in the Netherlands, I have never seen one.
    Perfect photographed, Eileen.

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  7. Such a lovely coloring on your lark.

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  8. because we have a few open hay pastures, we get these birds in the winter time. always nice to see them flying low over the fields.

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  9. A pretty bird, love the markings in its feathers.

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  10. Pretty birds! Here in Oregon, we have the Western Meadowlark (which I think is our state bird). I love their calls.

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  11. sweet little birds and I got a laugh because when I first read the line sweet little yellow underparts, I read sweet little yellow under pants and had to go back..

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  12. I am glad for you that you were able to capture some shots of the Eastern Meadowlark. It's a little milder today so some of the more interesting birds were out but after some time with the telephoto lens-no good shots..oh well...so I enjoyed yours!

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  13. Nice shots. They are pretty birds.

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  14. Such a beautiful bird! I've never seen one, but my mom used to talk of seeing them when she lived on a farm (which is also all city now). What a happy sighting Eileen :) Wendy x

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  15. Very nice colouring. Puts the British larks to shame.

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  16. it's so exciting to see a newbie.....and a pretty one at that!!!! I have never seen one!!!

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  17. Amazing how each variety is sweet in their own way! Ima link up to the Wild Bird party Weds morning...

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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  18. I bet this was a family group? I imagine they have a lovely song, too. Lucky you.

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  19. Wonderful images of these birds, they are very pretty.

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  20. Lovely images of the birds, they are very pretty. It's nice to see them foraging in the grass.

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  21. When we had a very bitter cold spell a few years ago we put out a variety of bird feeders and we had lots of different kinds of birds visit. I loved the meadowlark. Even a nonbirder like me could spot them.

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  22. Hi Eileen, I sure do miss seeing these Meadowlarks! I used to see them at the little farm we had up in TN. I have not yet seen any here in Marion County, FL. Glad you posted about the Eastern Meadowlarks. Have a really great day today!

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  23. Eastern Meadowlarks are great birds! I am glad you shared your pictures. I so miss seeing them here in Florida. Have an outstanding day!

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  24. Nice looking bird - I seem to recall seeing lots of pictures of them sat on fenceposts! These are different sort of shot. Nice.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  25. Great bird Eileen, excellent shots.

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  26. It is tragic that your local farmland is disappearing and causing the larks to decline. A familiar story everywhere.

    Nonetheless enjoy your birding Eileen.

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  27. Such a pretty little bird and I also love the texture of the grass in your shots. If it's any comfort to you, the birds are a lot closer and clearer in your shots than they are in most of mine :D

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  28. Hello Eileen,
    Those Eastern Meadowlarks are so beautiful with their blue patch under the throat and their elongated beaks!
    Keep well, hugs from France :)

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  29. Great captures of the birds in the greenery.

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  30. One thing I know . . .
    If I am feeling down and out . . .
    Look out the window and watch at the feeders . . .
    Or go for a walk and listen . . .
    Or look at Eileen's post, or Tex's or Brian's or Margaret's or more . . .
    It always helps.
    ALWAYS
    And today, a Meadowlark . . .

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  31. How fortunate that they are in such short grass! I usually see them here in deep grass. :)

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  32. Great that you spotted it and then got these photos of it.

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  33. Hello Eileen, what a pretty name they have. Their markings are very distinctive even from a distance. You did well photographing them, they look like active little birds :D)

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  34. ... I meant to also say how much I admire your Christmas header. Much peace and happiness to you too :D)

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  35. Beautiful birds. I love the name.

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  36. Nice! I've never been able to get a decent shot of these guys.

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  37. Great captures..you have good eyes..by the time I can see what kind of bird I am looking at, I usually spook them away. I need a longer lens!

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  38. Dearest Eileen; Oh, your sweet little Eastern Meadowlark look so lovely and I LOVED the pinkish back of your pictures♡♡♡
    So sorry that I haven't noticed your newer post, my friend.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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  39. I didn't know anything about the meadowlarks so thank you for the information Eileen...Michelle

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  40. They are such beauties. I can usually get to them at Foxhollow and maybe 3 miles from home. They are gone for now and I always get happy when we see them and hear them again~

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  41. Thank you for teaching us about these birds. I enjoy learning through your blog. Your description and photos give me the confidence that if one visits us, I should be able to identify it.

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  42. They look like a larger bird than I thought they`d be,I`ve never seen one,thanks for sharing!

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  43. Grassland birds are under threat everywhere. Meadowlarks are a signature species of wild meadows. Both the habitat and the species are far less common than they were even twenty years ago.

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  44. Pretty birds. I've seen only a few around here. Nice shots, Eileen! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  45. I have never seen more than one meadowlark at a time! So wonderful. We see the western ones in Oregon occasionally, they are the state bird.

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  46. they are much more colorful then our larks :)

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