Location: Geauga County, Ohio USA
Habitat: Un-plowed fields surrounded by woods
Status: Threatened in Ohio
I was SO excited when I spotted this beautiful bird who was perched up on a lone branch in the middle of a wide open field.
I have been an avid bird watcher for many many years and up until this day, I have never seen a Bobolink.
I’ll be adding this bird to my list of birds that I have been keeping track of for over 10 years as soon as I am done with this post :-)
Today was a GREAT day! Whoo Hoo!
Bobolinks are a species of concern in Ohio. This species is annually monitored by the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Like other grassland nesting birds, bobolink populations have declined in part due to mowing and haying of grassland habitat during the peak of the breeding season in June.
The spring male is unmistakable with his black breast, white back and rump, and yellow nape. He is Ohio’s only bird that is dark below and light above. The fall male and female resemble large buffy sparrows with striped crowns and backs.
Habitat and Habits
The bobolink normally resides in grassy hayfields and pastures, clover/alfalfa hayfields, wet prairies, and the grassy margins of marshes. Fallow fields composed of grasses and weeds also provide suitable nesting habitats. Bobolinks are called ricebirds in the South where they eat large quantities of this grain. Their diet also includes insects and seeds. The pleasing song is composed of a rich, bubbling series of gurgling phrases, with each note given on a different pitch. The song is often given in flight.