The Meadowlark has a long history of references in folklore and literature. Most American Indian tribes had many stories and myths about them. The Sioux name for the bird was Nakwisi (star) because of the way they spread their tail in flight. They believed the presence of the Meadowlark represented peace and protection from attack. While the Sioux thought their song was very melodious, the Arikara Indians’ name for the bird meant “woman nagging”, which is their description of its song.
During the last few days I have been able to get a few photos of these elusive guys and look forward to their mating calls this spring in The Field!! See pics below---