The BioFiles - Bill Hubick

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Genus Sturnella  / Family Icteridae  / Order Passeriformes  / Class Aves  / Phylum Chordata  / Kingdom Animalia

Western Meadowlark in Monterey County, California (11/24/2020).

Western Meadowlark in Monterey County, California (11/24/2020).

Western Meadowlark in Monterey County, California (11/24/2020).

Western Meadowlark in Monterey County, California (11/24/2020).

Western Meadowlark in Monterey County, California (11/24/2020).

A Western Meadowlark in Humboldt County, California (7/4/2011).

A Western Meadowlark in Humboldt County, California (7/4/2011).

A Western Meadowlark in Maryland. The bird was found in a sod field south of Hurlock, Dorchester Co., Maryland in the late afternoon of August 31, 2008. It was identified by diagnostic "chuck" calls, which are audible in Mikey Lutmerding's video of the bird. There is currently one accepted record of this species for Maryland (M. O'Brien, P. O'Brien, et al., Frederick Co., 1/26/1992). At least one additional sighting did not permit confirmation of identity by call note (Ellison et al., Allegany Co., 6/10/2006). These are the first photos and video of the species in Maryland. Unfortunately, I had to really push the exposure, as we were shooting nearly directly into the sun.

A Western Meadowlark in Dorchester County, Maryland (8/31/2008).

A Western Meadowlark in Dorchester County, Maryland (8/31/2008).

Western Meadowlark in Dorchester County, Maryland (8/31/2008).

A Western Meadowlark in Monterey County, California (12/8/2019).

A Western Meadowlark in Monterey County, California (12/8/2019).

Western Meadowlark in Monterey County, California (1/17/2021).


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Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) - Map

For now, here's a fun heat map representation of my personal sightings in iNaturalist courtesy of iNaturalist.