Every now and then the wife and I experience an
angst associated with Eastern Meadowlarks. Like so many in that category of
declining species Meadowlarks nest in grassland.
Britain also nest in grassland but the European Larks actually belong to a different
family of bird. The Shore Lark does have the yellow.
A Meadow in a European sense is a field that is not ploughed. More
often a meadow is on the flood plain of a river. Good grass grows
into the late summer. So meadows are that consequence of grazing by
enclosed farm animals. An ancient meadow is abundant in plant
Eastern Meadowlark, here in Kentucky, begin
to nest before hay making season, on into late June. The angst the
wife and I share reflects a concern for the wellbeing of the several
of meadowlark on our territory and that primal urge to bush hog grassland.
A conjunction between our two species that I could blame on the absence of bison.
The secret is not necessarily to know where the
Meadowlark nest is, and politely mow around it. A Meadowlark under
those circumstances is unlike a wren. The Meadowlark would simply
abandon his nest. Amongst birds, those who nest in grassland have a
special wariness, and are too easily distracted.
The Skylark, which is a British lark I am
familiar with, can be easily seen at this time of year on what the English
call either hills or downs or moors, depending upon
location. Larks will be nesting successfully, amongst
gorse, bracken, tough grasses and sheep. And sometimes near a lonely
footpath, where once in a while they will see a person, in sensible shoes, walking.
The hills and downs and moors of today, many
centuries ago were deciduous woodlands and long ago the British Isle
had fewer Skylark.
hill in England