Tag Archives: Sturnella neglecta

Gaping

Many birds have powerful muscles for closing their bills. These “clasping” muscles assist birds in grabbing, crushing and breaking seeds and other foods. In contrast, some birds, for example, blackbirds and starlings, have the ability to forcibly open their bill … Continue reading

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Winter Color

Many of our bright, colorful birds have migrated to more temperate climes for the winter. The western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) does not desert us on the sagebrush steppe of Northeastern California during cold weather. Although its melodious song is not … Continue reading

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Meadowlark Hatchlings

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Western meadowlarks (Sturnella neglecta) incubate their eggs for 13 to 16 days. Once a nest with eggs is located, it is not long before the helpless chicks arrive. The chicks are helpless and naked with only a light covering of gray … Continue reading

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Meadowlark Nest

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Many bird nests are so well camouflaged or concealed they are almost impossible to see or find. Yet when one gets near their nests, so many birds fly off, revealing the location of these hidden nests. I always feel the eggs … Continue reading

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Not As Cute Anymore. . .

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The western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) with its cheery yellow color and melodious song has always been one of my favorite birds. Then one day I watched a meadowlark kill a small songbird. That made me rethink the meadowlark as a favorite bird. … Continue reading

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