A Western Meadowlark is a rare bird in Ohio. Some years may only see one or two records for the entire state of Ohio. It is a special bird for me because of its uniquely melodic song. The sound of it takes me away. I was out with Cheryl Harner yesterday and I got some distant photos of the bird in gray back lit conditions. If you’re lucky, you can tell it’s a meadowlark.
Hahaha! Above is the tiny black spec race of the Western Meadowlark.
Oh, my. At least you can make out yellow pixelation on this fuzzy creature, fully zoomed digitally. Isn’t it just grand? Maybe it’s a bird. Or not. Sigh. Guess both these photos may make their way into the Gallery of C.R.A.P. (Completely Ridiculous Awful Photographs).
I was out birding this afternoon with Robert Hershberger and we were able to refind the Western Meadowlark. I did not get any photos today. Well. Once could argue that I did not get any photos of it yesterday either.
Above is a sign welcoming birders looking for the Long-eared Owl (North of Mt. Hope, Ohio).
And…sigh…another disrespecting bird. It’s posing right behind a small clump of green. Rats. And no, I did not lay down on the ground to try to get a better photo of this well-hidden owl. Today, I was just happy to see this sometimes very elusive creature in Ohio.