Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Territorial Courtships Display of the Eastern Meadowlark~

The husby was going to need to be away for a few days and so that gave me an opportunity to take the Meaka and Silvie Pup-cubs on some birding outings.
I have some favorite routes that I take, because they are safe, they are nearby and because I can just pull over along the lane and not worry about much traffic.
One of the places that I travel often is Covered Bridge Road and there is another lane just to the NE of it, that I often times will find Eastern Bluebirds, because the landowner uses lots of Bluebird boxes for nesting birds.
The Bluebirds and Tree Swallows all use these same boxes.
On Friday, we left mid-morning and I made the turn NE and as soon as I did I found both Bluebirds, as well as a great surprise awaiting me.
Usually, as soon as an Eastern Meadowlark even sees the car coming to a stop, they take off, but not this time.
I already had my car window down and the camera on and ready.
It appeared that the Meadowlark was down in the ditch along side the oncoming lane and I was able to take several close up images, before it flew just a little bit further from me. At first, I thought that possibly it had been struck by an automobile, but such was not to be the case.
As I clicked off images, another bird appeared in the frame and that is when I realized that I had driven along, during one of the males territorial courtship displays.
Yesterday I went back and got a few new images, that I will share soon.
There are Red-winged Blackbirds everywhere making their wonderful mating and luring calls, and if you happen to have your window down as you drive along the country lanes, their voices will keep you company and there is no need for any classical music on those days;')~
As for the windows...I just thought that they were very neat, all covered in ivy~

I am linking up with Stewart at:

Wild Bird Wednesday


Thank you Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday~

The Eastern Meadowlarks were seen and photographed at Foxhollow Farm~


  1. Beautiful captures of the meadowlark and bluebird. Very, very nice!

  2. Oh, I AM impressed with your photography! The Ivy covered windows are a nice touch. The Meadowlark series is just amazing, and the Red-wings - what can I say? Very VERY nice!!!

  3. very pretty - nice range of colors from blue, black, red, yellow! :)

  4. Terrific series. I haven't seen a medowlark in years!

  5. Hi Mary, taking time to catch up with you this morning. I noticed a few posts back you had 4 inches of snow. We have not even had a good 1 inch. I feel sure April could bring several inches before it is over. Love the red-winged blackbird. Congrats on your newest member of your family. Such beautiful animals you have. Blessings

  6. Lovely post, great photos!
    Happy WBW!

  7. Mary, Those meadowlarks have such amazing and contrasting colours which you captured in those pictures. How wonderful to also capture their displays like that too. Your so right about having the camera ready. Mine is always on the passenger seat at the ready, ISO set for the day etc. I slipped up this morning when it was set from the day before and I misssed a chance to get Yellowhammer shots. Not like your Bluebird pictures, you were on the ball then.

  8. Beautiful birds and I like the idea of a quiet country lane where you can stop to photograph birds out the car window!

  9. Oh yes, the Meadow Larks are so wonderful, love them, and the other birds too.

  10. Mary, wonderful photos of the bluebirds and the Meadowlark! They are so pretty, thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh Mary, what beautiful photos! I love these birds and especially love to hear the trill of the red winged black birds as they migrate north for the summer. We have blue birds here now too but, it's been a few years since I've seen a meadowlark, although I sometimes hear their distinct call. Thank you for sharing these harbingers of spring. I can't wait to see and hear them here. Pamela

  12. I love your images of the little bird on the fence post. Excellent capture and detail and beautiful background blur.
    I also love that window!
    Thank you so much from stopping by my blog today mary and for your kind words. I am very happy to hear that I brightened your day, as I know you have been down lately.
    Have a blessed week.

  13. Great photos of your colourful birds, Mary. I remember seeing Red-winged Blackbirds in Canada, but don't recall the others, so a pleasure to see them on here!

  14. The meadow larks are great - most of the pictures I have seen of them have them just sitting on a post! I did wonder if they were flightless!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  15. Beautiful series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  16. Wonderful photos!
    Have a great day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  17. Very nice serie Mary! The shot with the 2 Meadowlark is wonderfull! Have a great week-end!

  18. Wow, a lot of beautiful pictures of lovely birds. Those two in flight was georgous!

    I'm so sorry the read that you been hurt by someone! I feel sorry for you!

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my geese! :)
    Greetings Pia

  19. Bluebirds are one of my very favorite birds. Great shot of him on the fencepost. I love the two meadowlarks. I've never seen one of them. Enjoyed your post!

  20. so many gorgeous shots. Love to see the ones of the meadowlark. Such a gorgeous bird. Thanks for sharing.


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