Photographer Phil Rowntree caught this prosperous-looking pair of Western Meadowlarks up on the western ridge in the vicinity of the Red-winged Blackbirds’ nursery in mid-April.
These birds are ground-nesters, like the blackbirds and the Savannah Sparrows. Their nests, like those of the Savannah Sparrows, but bigger, tend to have an overhead cover; access is via a tunnel from the side. The climate here is right for them to reside year round instead of migrating. However, neither Phil nor other observers have so far seen the meadowlarks engage in typical nesting behavior — territorial flights, carrying food, disappearing into the dense vegetation, and the like.