Sounds of Spring – Western Meadowlark

Western MeadowlarkWestern Meadowlark – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Normally we have Western Meadowlarks year round here in the Salt Lake Valley but because this past winter was harsh it seemed that they moved south for a bit. They are back now and singing their songs of spring.

Western Meadowlark on a wire

Western Meadowlark on a wire – Nikon D200, f10, 1/400, ISO 250, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

It won’t be long before their calls are heard throughout the valley calling their mates and nesting will begin. I missed them while they were gone and I am pleased that they are back.


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. My thanks for all your wonderful comments on this post and the images.

  2. Wow! Awesome Meadowlark images. Perhaps the best I’ve ever seen.

  3. Beautiful bird, and excellent post. We have the Eastern Meadowlarks here. Love your work.

  4. This year I’m hoping to get some better photographs of Western Meadowlarks, I always have such bad luck photographing them. Your photos though are excellent!

  5. I’m hoping to see some Eastern Meadowlarks soon. Your photographs are stunning! These birds have such pretty plumage.

  6. What a joy!! It must have felt so good to see him!

  7. Nice one, the Meadowlark shows itself so perfect, well done Mia.

  8. Every morning we go out early for the past couple of weeks we’ve been greeted with the song of the Meadowlark. What a wonderful way to start a day!
    Super images.

  9. Gives me hope to hear our first ones soon! I absolutely love hearing them in the mornings!

  10. ohhh it s a beautifull specie,
    and well presented,
    good job mia ☺

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