Eastern Meadowlark

Hark, it's the meadowlark, atop a fencepost, roadside pole, wire or shrub. Listen for its song saying "see you, see yeeer." Or, maybe you'll hear it say in a raspy voice, "buzzy drzzzt," as you hike through a meadow trail, prairie or open area. If a bird flushes, watch for rapid wing strokes with short glides between; this is the meadowlark. This bird is never far from its nest--a simple tent buried in the grass.

The eastern meadowlark sports a large black "V" across its bright yellow breast. On the head, the meadowlark has a striped pattern of dark brown, white and yellow. Across the back it's mostly dark brown with white edging. On its side, you'll see spots of dark brown on white feathers. The fanned tail can be a give-a-way with a dark patch in the center and white on either side.

Meadowlarks can be seen in the Midwest and northeastern states in the summer and from Texas to Virginia and Florida in the winter.