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What makes the western meadowlark sing


October 20, 2016

Courtesy photo/Fish, Wildlife and Parks

A western meadowlark sits on some scrub in a Montana field. While most migratory songbirds have left Montana by this time of year, people can hear the meadowlark's song from the spring into the fall.

It's mostly silent now outside in the morning. Snow's predicted for the high country with a slow, dreary rain on the prairie. Fall is here.

And yet the meadowlark sings.

Bird breeding season is long gone and the vast majority of migratory songbirds have left for points south.

And yet the meadowlark sings.

In the spring, the western meadowlark is harbinger of better times ahead, and we love it. Some people even make note of the day each year they first hear a meadowlark; mid-March this year, first week of April last year.

Like many other prairie birds, meadowlarks nest and forage on the...

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