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Any reason to think that the second bird wasn't a hybrid?  Or a  
different subspecies of Western?

Just thoughts...

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Mar 23, 2011, at 9:24 AM, Chris Barrigar wrote:

> Greetings!
>
> Yesterday after work, I went out to observe the Western Meadowlark  
> trying to get a better photo. I was able to digiscope it and  
> capture video of it singing through my spotting scope.
>
> While observing this bird, I heard in the distance an Eastern  
> Meadowlark mimicking the Western Meadowlark so well that I began  
> wondering if there may be a second Western Meadowlark nearby.  
> However, the tonal qualities were higher pitched, and the notes  
> weren't as pure as the Western Meadowlark's notes.
>
> Has anyone else experienced this mimicry in Eastern Meadowlarks? I  
> can understand that as the Eastern Meadowlark is possibly trying to  
> establish its territory that it may be trying to move the Western  
> Meadowlark out of the desired territory by trying to use its song  
> against it - similar to other mimics.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
>
> Chris Barrigar
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> Stoddard Co.
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