Photo: Western meadowlark strikes a calling pose

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What a handsome bird ... with such an expressive stance! Is it any wonder that the western meadowlark is the state bird of six states? (Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming.) Only the northern cardinal holds the title for more with a tally of seven.

Photographer Tony LePrieur got the shot of this crooner at Canada's Frank Lake. And funny enough, this is what the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has to say about the species: "The buoyant, flutelike melody of the Western Meadowlark ringing out across a field can brighten anyone’s day. Meadowlarks are often more easily heard than seen, unless you spot a male singing from a fence post." Bingo!

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