Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) Icteridae
April 2, 2016
Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge, MT
The Western Meadowlark performs a lovely metallic flute-like song throughout the spring and summer. Its Eastern counterpart, on the other hand, has a much flatter, whistled song. Easter and Western Meadowlarks are so similar in appearance that until quite recently they were considered the same species. Since the Eastern species was discovered and named first, the Western, when it finally gained full species distinction, became known as the “neglected” meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta). This species is one of the 37 (including subspecies) named by John James Audubon throughout his career as one of America’s first ornithologists.
Blodgett Canyon Overlook
Blodget Canyon Overlook Trail, Lolo National Forest, MT
March 26, 2016
Mt. Shasta from Mt. Ashland
Mt. Ashland, Siskiyou National Forest, OR
December 24, 2012
North Cascades National Park, WA
August 17, 2014
I’m off on an adventure with the BF for a couple weeks, then heading to UC-Riverside to do some research with a fellow ornithologist. I’ll resume regular posting in July! Until then, get out and enjoy the sunshine! Cheers!
Mount Rainier from Paradise Valley
Fourth Crossing Trail-Paradise Rd E, Mount Rainier National Park, WA
August 12, 2013
Mount Rainier from Tipsoo Lake
Chinook Pass, Mount Rainier National Park, WA
October 4, 2012
(Those bushy, Dr. Seuss-like plants scattered throughout the foreground are the fruiting structures of Anemone occidentalis, a common and beautiful montane flower.)
Cabin with Glacier National Park in the background.
June 20, 2014