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Meadowlarks

11 Oct

Every year since I bought my farm, I’ve watched the eastern meadowlark population increase.  I have made some changes to make it better for the grassland songbirds to be able to raise families and increase their populations because we’ve seen a drastic decline in recent years.  This spring, I never saw a single eastern meadowlark.  I finally saw one, but no families out in pasture.

eastern meadowlark from 2020

I did some research and found out that unlike my bobolinks which winter in Central America, the meadowlarks hunker down and overwinter in the grasses here.  We had a horrible, horrible, arctic February that I think decimated the population.  It breaks my heart.  But Sunday when I was in pasture, I saw meadowlarks.  The pictures are horrible, but I am thrilled with them.

At least one clutch hatched and managed to survive.  Hopefully, we have a better winter and the population can rebuild.