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Western Meadowlark

In late April of 2009, Tina Green discovered a group of four Meadowlarks in the grassy field near the park entrance. Three of the birds had the bright, contrasty plumage typical of the Eastern Meadowlarks normally seen in Connecticut. But the fourth was comparatively pale and dull. Tina studied her field guides and suspected it might be a Western Meadowlark. Word went out over cell phones and the internet and over the next few days, most of the top birders in the state came to study the bird. After much study of the bird’s markings, and of recording made of its vocalizations, the consensus was that it was indeed a Western Meadowlark. As of September, 2009, the state Rare Records Committee, had not met to formally recognize the bird, but when they do, it will be the first and only Western Meadowlark recorded in Connecticut.