Yesterday there was a springtime chorus being sung almost every where on Antelope Island and the flute-like melody of the Western Meadowlarks resonated the loudest. Our warm temperatures and plentiful sunshine have the males singing on their territories hoping to attract mates.
The meadowlark above was perched on a tintic quartzite boulder on the east side of the island singing with the Great Salt Lake in the background. The meadowlark leaped up from its position about one foot into the air and then landed on the boulder again and I captured it landing. I am not sure what that behavior means but found it very interesting.
I added a little bit of canvas in Photoshop on the left side of the frame for composition, I wanted to be sure and disclose that.
After the leap and landing the meadowlark sang on the boulder for several minutes before taking flight.
Western Meadowlarks are year round residents of Antelope Island but during harsh winters they do migrate to the southern part of their range. This has not, by any means, been a harsh winter in northern Utah so I have seen meadowlarks all winter long. I do hope that if the meadowlarks and other birds nest early that we won’t get a cold snap that causes the loss of eggs or chicks.
Life is good.