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Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Chats & Blackbirds Uncommon Fall, Winter and Spring
Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark - Santa Barbara, CA
© Brad Singer

Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson

The Western Meadowlark is an uncommon fall and winter visitor on campus from October to April, with single records from May, July, and September. The best places to look for it on campus are grassy areas in the CSUSB Preserve or the athletic fields. It is a common winter visitor in the coastal lowlands of southern California, and a common, year-round breeding resident in the deserts, primarily in grasslands and agricultural areas.

High Count: 25, Average Count: 5-10

Western Meadowlarks can be identified by their yellow underparts with a broad black 'V' across their breast, and overall pale brown upperparts heavily marked with dark streaks and barring.