Wednesday, July 20, 2011

July 20, 2011 Western Meadowlark near Ottawa

Hi Everyone

A Western Meadowlark was found today at 12:50 pm by Ray Holland near the corner of Upper Dwyer Hill Rd. and Panmure Rd. The meadowlark is singing from the fence line opposite the produce stand. It was still present at 1:50pm. In eastern Ontario the Western Meadowlark in a very rare erratic spring and summer visitor.

Good birding, Bruce

From Ottawa take Hwy.417 west to exit #163 Panmure Road. Take Panmure Rd. to Upper Dwyer Hill Rd.

The Western Meadowlark is easiest to detect by its distinctive song, a series of bubbling, flute like notes.

The plumage of the Western Meadowlark is similar to the Eastern Meadowlark but the Western has more yellow extending into the submoustachail area and has more spotting on the flanks than streaking of the Eastern Meadowlark.

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