Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bobolink

Male Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) in breeding colours

This bobolink is sitting high up in a spruce tree wearing his fanciest colours!

Before traveling north from their wintering grounds in south-central South America, male Bobolink's moult to have feathers with yellow tips, but on their journey across the Gulf of Mexico to southern Canada, the tips wear off revealing stunning black and white feathers.

After breeding in hayfields and pastures, bobolinks move to freshwater marshlands and moult again. During the non-breeding season, male and female bobolinks look very much alike in brown and buff plumage.
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45 comments:

Mersad said...

A gorgeous bird.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

eileeninmd said...

The bobolink is a pretty bird, it looks like they are wearing a white cap. Great shot, have a happy day!

see you there! said...

What a stunningly clear photo. A handsome bird.

Darla

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

A beautiful bird!

Gill - That British Woman said...

thanks for sharing the info as I didn't know about the different feather colours of this bird.

Sandra said...

I remember hearing these birds growing up in GA but don't remember seeing one. so cute

Kate said...

Your outstanding photos and the information you provide are interesting and instructive.

VP said...

I checked out the bird because that name sounded so strange... Great picture, as always, by the way!

TexWisGirl said...

i've not seen them since i left wisconsin many years back.

Mary Hone said...

He's quite the looker.

Montanagirl said...

Absolutely stunning photo!!

Kay said...

What a gorgeous bird! I don't think I've seen one of these. Beautiful shot!

William Kendall said...

Handsome fellow!

Karen S. said...

On guard, pretty bird!

Sylvia K said...

What a handsome fellow he is!! I've not seen one like him before. And a superb capture as always!! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Marie C said...

Gorgeous shot! Loved learning about bobolinks as well. Great post!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

It's a beautiful bird.

handmade by amalia said...

A great photo! My first bobolink.
Amalia
xo

Silver Parrot said...

Great photos and interesting information about the seasonal plumage changes. We don't have Bobolinks here so it was nice to see and learn a bit about them!

Gail Dixon said...

He's a pretty boy! We had reports of Bobolinks near me, but when I went to the area I couldn't find them. Would love to see one. Just one! :)

RedPat said...

Many wardrobe changes, EG!

Adam Jones said...

Oh that's a new bird for me. Great image.

Linda W. said...

Cute bird! Looks like he was posing for you.

Small City Scenes said...

What pretty bird. Good info too.
MB

Margaret Adamson said...

Beautiful bird shot.

Rose said...

I have watched for years for the bobolinks to come back to the strip pit area and have yet to see them again...loved seeing yours.

Ruth Hiebert said...

WOW!!! That's a stunning picture.

Lois said...

Great picture of a handsome bird!

Michelle said...

Sweet bird!

edenhills said...

I haven't seen any this year. They are such pretty birds.

Randy said...

Looks like a character.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Never seen one before, so thank you, for the very nice photo of a cool bird!
Have a Beautiful Day, Tina!!
Peace :)

Stephanie said...

Oh he is beautiful!

Fotolosopher said...

Very nice. I've heard the name but don't think I've seen one before. And I do appreciate your informational commentary!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Your little bobolink is balancing very prettily for you here EG, bet he didn't stop for long, well captured .

Kathy said...

How interesting about the feather colors. We don't have bobolinks here so I enjoyed learning a little about them.

Jeevan said...

Superb capture with the bird and nice learning about it a bit!

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely capture.

Halcyon said...

What a cute little guy! Does he have a nice song too?

jandi said...

What a gorgeous little bird! Beautiful!

thewovenspoke said...

Beautiful bird and photo also.

Pamela Gordon said...

We have a lot of Bobolinks around the fields and hedgerows here and I enjoy their songs throughout the day. I didn't know these facts about them though. What a long way some birds travel to get here! Your photo is beautiful.

cieldequimper said...

What a pretty fellow, I'd never heard of him!

Chris Rohrer said...

I love Bobolinks. They are a blackbird that we DO NOT have here in Arizona. If one does visit, it's extremely rare. So enjoy these beauties. I loved them so much during my visit to Maine that I just snapped pic after pic. Congrats!

Mary Cromer said...

Oh to see a Bobolink one day, what a beauty you captured!

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