An Eastern Meadowlark visited here yesterday morning. As far as I can tell, this robin-sized songbird was a transitory visitor. What surprised me was the meadowlark was perched nearly all the way up in one of the large Oak trees that is next to the pond. It was a very rainy day so maybe the Eastern Meadowlark did not want to wade through all the water that was on the pastures here.
Eastern Meadowlark enjoy hunting for their insect died in grassy pastures and natural meadows. These birds are musical in their songs. The Eastern Meadowlark has a buff colored undersides that area streaked with a very dark brown. It has a bright yellow patch on its breast and throat with a v shaped black marking on the upper chest. The head is usually a pretty brown with yellow highlights and white streaks. This is the first Eastern Meadowlark I have seen here on the farm. Hopefully more of these beautiful birds will be around in the area. I took these pictures from my porch in the rain on January 11, 2012 in the late morning. The light was bad so I have used my photo-editing software to lighten up these pictures for a better look at the bird. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!