After a cold and very dreary winter the days are now much warmer, the grasses have begun to turn green and the bird activity on Antelope Island is starting to pick up. Spring migrants are starting to arrive including Say’s Phoebes and Sage Thrashers and I keep expecting to hear the curlews calling over the grasslands.
The Western Meadowlarks are very active right now on the island, searching for insects, scurrying through the grasses and singing their hearts out from their favorite perches.
The population of Western Meadowlarks on the island is increasing as the meadowlarks that migrated slightly further south join the hardier ones that stuck it out through the winter.
The meadowlarks are finding newly emerged insects and caterpillars to feast on, even poking around or turning over the bison manure might help them find something to eat. They will need all the energy they can get for the breeding season.
They will sing from the tops of signs, bushes, the ground or from a rock perch. They have begun to search for a mate to breed, nest and raise their young.
The calendar might say that winter is still here but these birds know that spring has made its appearance and are taking advantage the longer days, the warmth and the lack of snow on the ground.
I’m enjoying the warmer weather too and the increasing number of birds on Antelope Island and the rest of northern Utah. It might snow again but it won’t last for long, spring has arrived.
Life is good.