bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 6 inches
Short, conical bill
Frequents open habitats
Often found in large flocks in migration
Adult male alternate:
Black head, underparts, back, wings and tail
White scapulars and rump
Plumage held in spring and summer
Female and basic:
Buff and black head stripes
Buff underparts with black streaking on flanks
Buff upperparts with black streaks on back
Dark wings and tail with pale edging
Juvenile similar to basic
The male bobolink is similar to the male lark bunting but has a yellow
nape, white rump, and lacks a white wing patch. The female bobolink is
similar to the grasshopper sparrow but is larger and has streaked flanks.
Female red-winged blackbird has a streaked breast.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Grassland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 4-7
Length of Incubation: 10-13 days
Days to Fledge: 10-14
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Primarily insects and seeds
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August R
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley