Meadowlark Pilfers Chicken Feed
Most meadowlarks are chubby and about the size of a robin. You can spot them pretty easily owing to the black “V” shape on their breast surrounded by bright yellow feathers at the underbelly. Their heads have alternating stripes of black and brown with white and black accents on their flank.
Central Texas sits on the edge of the birds’ year-round and wintering range, making them fairly easy to spot all the time here. You see them flocking in grasslands, pastures and prairies. Females build nests right on the ground, but unlike killdeer that lay eggs out in the open, meadowlarks hide them under grasses. Nests often have a roof-like top covering a small, cup-shaped cradle. They have a pleasant warble-like song and are a real pleasure to see — especially with that yellow underbelly flashing as they fly or scoot along looking for food.