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.

4 Responses to “Meadowlarks”

  1. Claire Moxon-Waltz October 11, 2021 at 6:13 pm #

    That is great news – things are so dire for so many songbird populations these days.

    • Teresa October 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm #

      I was so heartbroken with their decline over the winter. Hopefully this winter will be better for them.

  2. Jeanne October 11, 2021 at 10:26 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this information about the Eastern Meadowlarks in your area. I understand your deep dismay regarding what happened concerning those lovely birds. I really hope and pray that they will be able to make a comeback.

  3. Eileen Wise October 12, 2021 at 5:58 am #

    They are beautiful birds, lovely sighting. Take care, enjoy your day and week ahead!

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