Western Meadowlark:  Draw a Bird Day

crescent silhouette
yellow breast
white flash winging
through air

The Western Meadowlark, a resident of western and central North America, is not actually a lark, but is related to blackbirds and starlings. Like larks, though, it is one of the few birds that sings as it flies. The black crescent on its bright yellow breast and the white flash of its tail feathers when flying make it easy to identify.

Though not yet considered endangered, breeding populations have declined 50% in the last 50 years. The meadowlark’s favored habitat of wide open fields and natural grasslands has been declining due to agriculture, housing development, pesticides, invasive plant species, and fire suppression that alters the composition of native landscapes.

I’ve written a gogyoka for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday color poetry challenge.

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40 responses to “Western Meadowlark:  Draw a Bird Day”

  1. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    When I lived in Montana, we used to see Meadow Larks all the time. The last ten years or so, I’d noticed the bird populations in the western states had dwindled. I can only attribute it to climate change and fires that destroy the bird’s habitats. As always Kerfe, I love your drawings and poetry. You added some lovely rhythm to your gogyohka. ❤

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  2. merrildsmith says :

    Thank you for all the information on the western meadowlark, along with your drawings and poem.

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  3. msjadeli says :

    Glad to learn more about this distinctive bird. I’ve never seen one around here but the habitat feels like they would be right at home here. Very neat they sing on the wing. Wonderful artwork and poem to go with them.

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  4. Ingrid says :

    Your drawings are wonderful!

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  5. ben Alexander says :

    Like larks, though, it is one of the few birds that sings as it flies.

    very interesting, Kerfe! I had no idea.


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  6. yvettemcalleiro says :

    Your drawings and poem are beautiful. I love that you also bring awareness to their plight as well. Well done, Kerfe! 🙂

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  7. Poet Rummager says :

    Ah, wonderful capture of the Meadowlarks! I hope they don’t disappear. Thanks for drawing attention to their plight!

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  8. robertawrites235681907 says :

    Hi Kerfe, the pictures are wonderful, I do admire your artistic ability very much. A lovely and descriptive poem too.

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  9. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Awesome poem and artwork, Marta. Interesting read never knew so much about this beautiful bird.

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  10. D. Wallace Peach says :

    Beautiful drawings and a lovely poem, Kerfe. What a pretty bird. It’s sad to hear that they’re numbers are declining.

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  11. WildChild47 says :

    I love the energy of your drawings …. they capture not only the essences of these wonderful creatures, but somehow, I feel like they’re about to wing and sing their way off the page/out of my screen, into my world. So amazing! And your poem captures the movement, the sound so well. I can just picture that “pause” before the song or lift off!

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  12. judeitakali says :

    Beautiful goghyoka, and art as well.

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  13. Jill Kuhn says :

    I have missed your birds! Each one is beautiful! I hope to do more drawing of REAL birds in 2022. Your art always inspires me.

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  14. Susan Feniak says :

    I really need to get back into participating in Draw a bird day. Nice to see you still do. Sad so many numbers are in decline. Perhaps “drawing” attention to them will help.


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