Eastern Meadowlark - 2019

I was fortunate enough to come across nesting Meadowlarks on a couple of occasions this past summer. A pair along Island Road in Essex and another pair or pairs at Cogswell’s Grant off of Spring Street in Essex. The Island Road pair managed to get at least one youngster off the nest and possibly more. The Spring Street birds managed several young though later in the season after re-nesting and much hard work from Linda Ireland and others to secure a safe nesting area in the back field with funds raised to defer the loss of revenue from not haying the field. Well done Linda and all that helped this beautiful grassland bird that’s losing more and more nesting habitat each year.

I managed several recordings at each site as the summer progressed with Cogswell’s Grant being better suited to recording with the large fields and various perches for the males to sing from. Island Road affords no such luxuries with parking along a narrow road and the birds perching in front of the homes along the road leading to less than ideal recording conditions though proximity to the singing birds was quite a bit better at this location.

All of the recordings below were made with a Telinga parabolic dish using a Telinga MK2 stereo microphone and recorded to a Sound Devices MixPre-6 audio recorder.

The 2 recordings below were recorded at Cogswell’s Grant off of Spring Street in Essex

The 1st recording below was recorded along Island Road in Essex, the 2nd at Cogswell’s Grant off of Spring Street in Essex

The 1st recording below was recorded along Island Road in Essex, the 2nd along Argilla Road in Ipswich

The two recordings below were recorded along Island Road in Essex

The two recordings below were recorded along Island Road in Essex

The two recordings below were recorded along Island Road in Essex