Western meadowlarks arrive in the Bitterroot

image courtesy of Alex Kearney

image courtesy of Alex Kearney

I suspect most folks living in the Bitterroot know that the Montana state flower is the Bitterroot. Yet, many are unaware that the state bird is the western meadowlark.

This quail size bird spends most of the spring and summer months in Montana grasslands habitats.

Although a few western meadowlarks brave the winter in the Bitterroot, the majority of these ground dwelling birds migrate south to warmer temperatures.

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