[CT Birds] Meadowlarks

ls.broker ls.broker at cox.net
Thu Jan 8 08:21:05 EST 2009

 From Steve Broker (Cheshire):

Your point is well made and well appreciated, Mark.

1/6/09 - East Haven, Ora Avenue/Proto Drive:  (a) Morris Creek  
Marshes -- MARSH WREN; (b) landfill -- 3 MEADOWLARKS

The Meadowlarks were flushed from the top of the weed-covered East  
Haven landfill.  They circled away and left, disappearing onto the  
back edge of the landfill -  the observation lasting no more than 15  
seconds.  On my return trip from the lowlands beyond (where I  
searched unsuccessfully for American Woodcock), I did not kick up the  
meadowlarks again.  Such a key field characteristic as voice and such  
key field marks as whiteness in outer tail feathers, head pattern,  
color of flanks, and overall body color were not sufficiently  
observed for me to call either Eastern Meadowlark or Western  
Meadowlark.  My experiences with Eastern (Southwest) Meadowlarks  
mixed in with Western Meadowlarks in the desert scrublands of  
southeastern Arizona have taught me that identification to the  
species level can be sufficiently challenging to require good ears  
and good views.  The correct call for this East Haven observation is  
3 Meadowlarks.

On Jan 8, 2009, at 4:24 AM, Mark Szantyr wrote:

> Maybe its the hour or maybe I am just a curmudgeon, but I have a  
> question.  I noticed a few reports of Eastern Meadowlarks recently,  
> mostly from the coast but also inland.  How have these been  
> identified as Eastern Meadowlarks?  How has Western Meadowlark been  
> eliminated?
> We really should not assume this identification as Western is  
> certainly a possibility.
> Mark
> Mark S. Szantyr
> 80 Bicknell Road #9
> Ashford, Connecticut 06278
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