Birds, Nests and Nesting Cycles
Ground Nesting Birds
Western Meadowlarks build nests in grasslands and fields on the ground, nestled in a clump of grass or other plants. Their nests are often found near Mima mounds, naturally occuring large humps of soil scattered across the uplands. Nobody knows exactly how they formed because it happened long ago. The Meadowlarks weave dry grass into a bowl shape and line it with hair. The female lays three to five eggs, then sits on them for about two weeks. The young leave the nest before they can fly and must hide in the grass for safety.