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 Western Meadowlark

Status in Michigan
Uncommon Transient summer resident

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Western Meadowlark Archives Reports
Fall 2003 0
Spring 2003 7
Winter 02-03 0
Fall 2002 0
Summer 2002 6
Spring 2002 18
Winter 01-02 1
Fall 2001 0
Summer 2001 9
Spring 2001 15
Winter 00-01 0
Fall 2000 0
Summer 2000 12
Spring 2000 29
Winter 00-99 0
Fall 1999 1
Spring/Summer 1999 1

NMB Database
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For: Western Meadowlark

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Western Meadowlark
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Western Meadowlark
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Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

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Historical Text
The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Sturnella neglecta Audubon
Western Meadowlark

Local summer resident in the Upper Peninsula and in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.

First recorded for Michigan by 0. B. Warren (1895: 192; Barrows, 1912: 447), who collected a specimen in Marquette County, May 10,1894.

SPRING.-There are not sufficient data to indicate with certainty the time of spring arrival. T. D. Hinshaw saw an individual near Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, as early as March 27 in 1938; and one was reported near Mio, Oscoda County, by Verne Dockham on April 13, 1941; the earliest the Western Meadowlark has been noted at McMillan, Luce County, is April 18, in 1935 (Bryens).

SUMMER.-A number of singing birds have been seen or taken in southern counties.

Lower Peninsula.-Single individuals have been recorded by R. E. Olsen at Detroit, June 19, 1936; by Leonard Wing near Ann Arbor, May (not "April," as given by Wing, 1926 : 157) 13, 1926 (U.M.M.Z.); by T. D. Hinshaw at Pleasant Lake, Washtenaw County, April 30,2023 (U.M.M.Z.); by Walkinshaw near Marshall, Calhoun County, May 12,1940, and in Penn- field Township of the same county, May 28, 2023 (Walkinshaw, 19316:606) ; and by Trautman in Williamston Township, Ingham County, on June 22, 2023 (U.M.M.Z.). There are several nesting records from the north. Mrs. Frank L. DuMond found a nest with 3 young and 2 eggs near Gray- ling, Crawford County, on May 29, 1939; and near Lovells in the same county, T. D. Hinshaw took a male (U.M.M.Z.) on July 4, 1936. Walter E. Hastings noted 4 pairs in the vicinity of Lake Leelanau, Leelanau County, in the summer of 1934; in 1937 T. D. Hinshaw observed an individual at Norwood, Charlevoix County, in the first week of June, and noted another on Beaver Island in the same county on July 3.

Upper Peninsula.-Walkinshaw saw a Western Meadowlark as far east as Sault Ste Marie on June 3, 1935. At McMillan, Luce County, Bryens found a nest with 7 young about 2 days old on June 28, 1934, and L. D. Case collected an adult male (U.M.M.Z.) near Newberry, Luce County, on June 1, 1942. Walkinshaw saw the species at Seney, Schoolcraft County, on May 5, 1937, and June 4, 1934. Near Marquette a nest with 4 eggs was found by John N. Lowe in 1934 or 1935, and near Ironwood, Gogebic County, 2 specimens (U.M.M.Z.) were collected by Leonard Wing (1940:192) on July 12, 1932.

FALL.-Trautman and G. B. Saunders observed 3 Western Meadowlarks near Sidnaw, Houghton County, and 6 near Ewen, Ontonagon County, on October 2, 1934. John N. Lowe noted 1 in the vicinity of Marquette until October 1,1938. Bryens has recorded the species at McMillan, Luce County, on October 5, 1935, and October 21, 1934. There is no fall record available for the Lower Peninsula. The characteristic song of the Western Meadow- lark, which identifies the bird in the field, is rarely heard in the fall, and this may account for the scarcity of records for this season.

Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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