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I originally thought this was an Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna), but thanks to Joseph A. Grzybowski, I now know this is a Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta). It was at Lake Thunderbird State Park, in Oklahoma, United States on October 10, 2018.

Ornithologist Joseph A. Grzybowski wrote: "This is an fresh-molt, early fall Western. The tint in the malar will become more yellow as the buff tips wear. Also note that the bars on the flight feathers are spaced, or just very narrowly connected. Would be plainly connected in Easterns."

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) at Lake Thunderbird State Park, October 10, 2018
 
Camera Model NameCanon EOS 80D
ArtistJohn Moyer.3000 Ginger Dr..Norman, OK 73026, USA
F Number5.6
ISO125
Shutter Speed Value1/512
Focal Length300.0 mm
Focus Distance Upper12.61 m
Focus Distance Lower9.36 m
Lens IDCanon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

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Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) at Lake Thunderbird State Park, in Oklahoma, United States on October 10, 2018