Monday, June 11, 2012

Bobolink

It is the breading season for the Bobolink. I’ve lived in two areas where Bobolink can be found, here in Massachusetts and in Colorado. Bobolink nest on the ground in damp, grassy fields. This has been part of the problem for the Bobolink in the two areas that I’ve lived. Hay fields tend to be mowed in June, which is when the breading season is in full swing.

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The protein content of the hay is of prime importance to the famer and as this has become better understood, the haying season has shifted earlier causing disruption. Fortunately, many open space organizations have delayed the mowing of hay fields in an effort to help the Bobolink.

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In Colorado, I did volunteer work for the Boulder County Open Space to monitor the Bobolink populations.

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So I was happy to find Bobolinks can be found here at the Cox Reservation which is part of the Essex County Greenbelt Association.  The hayfields of the the Cox Reservation are managed for Bobolink nesting.

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If you are from this area and have never seen or heard a Bobolink, it is worth while to take a trip over as these birds are fun to watch. The males have territory battles and chase each other about. They have a bubbly display call that they sing as they fly about. The real action begins if a female makes an appearance out of the grass. The males all give chase sometimes two to four after a single female.  Below is a rare shot of a female taken before the males spotter her.

Bobolink, Female 31 May 08 001

Finally, just a little art shot.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

2 comments:

Judy said...

That art shot is magnificent!! I haven't heard any bobolinks this year, or last year. There is a lot of ground where they could nest, but maybe there are getting to be too many houses...

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Neat bird. I have never seen one before and had to look it up in my bird book. Oh, they don't live where I do. That explains it.

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