Date: 9/10/17 9:11 am
From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Western MeadowLark help
Hi David (and others who might have similar questions).

Baskett Slough NWR is one of the best places in the Willamette Valley to
see Western Meadowlarks, year-round. There is a nesting population of 30
or more pairs which are easiest to see in April through June when males
are singing from perches.

Finley NWR and the West Eugene Wetlands also have substantial nesting
populations, and there are also some nesting on private agricultural
land in Linn County, and in the Umpqua Valley. But those places are a
longer drive from the Portland metro area.

At this point in the year, they're more difficult to see than during
nesting season but they still should be around. Good places to look are
along Coville Road east of the refuge (where nearly the whole area north
of the road is being restored with native prairie plants), and along
Morris Rd (off of Smithfield Rd.) and Livermore Rd. north of the

You could also try walking up the Rich Guadagno memorial trail to the
top of Baskett Butte. The native upland prairie remnant on the upper
part of the butte is prime nesting habitat. I'd guess there are still
meadowlarks up there, taking advantage of insects which tend to be
abundant in botanically diverse grasslands.

Over the next month or so, meadowlark numbers in the valley will
increase as the resident population is bolstered by arrival of wintering
birds from east of the Cascades.

Once those birds arrive, there could be flock of up to 50 meadowlarks in
practically any grass field in areas with open landscapes in the
mid-Willamette Valley (particularly in eastern Polk County, western Linn
County, eastern Benton County, and adjacent parts of Lane County). It
becomes a matter of random chance to spot them. Often they'll feed right
alongside of European Starlings (which are remarkably similar in shape
and winter foraging habits), so watch for "starlings" with white outer
tail feathers when a flock picks up and flies for a short distance.

Good luck!

From: David Lantz <lantz503...>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:19:37 -0700
Subject: [obol] Western MeadowLark help

A friend of mine has never seen a Western Meadowlark and would like to
see one for they migrate to. It looks like baskets Slough might be my
best chance. I am in Washington County. Does anyone have a
Thank you in advance, David

Joel Geier
Camp Adair area north of Corvallis

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