Shy Lark

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Some birds want their pictures taken, some are shy. This Western Meadowlark paid me no attention when it was foraging up on the hill where the Peace Symbol sits, so long as it ambled between me and the sun. Backlit as it was, it maintained the privacy of its bright yellow breast and its V-shaped collar. When I maneuvered to the top of the hill in order to get the sunlight on it, the bird just vanished. I did not see it fly off. It might have ducked into a hole, I don’t know. In any event, all I was able to get was a few shots of its unmistakable profile, and images of its back, hard at work scratching for edibles in the dry grass. Still, I think it’s worth publishing, if only to register that the bird is here again, and most likely will be wanting to nest come springtime. They build their nests on the ground in tall vegetation. It would help them if Parks management were to show restraint with the big mowing machines. As a commenter said at a recent Zoom meeting, with the heavy mowing that has been done in Cesar Chavez Park this year, much of the place looks like the surface of the moon.

More about Western Meadowlarks: Audubon Wikipedia Cornell In Chavez Park

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)
Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

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