All About The Bobolink Or Ricebird

Male arrives north middle of May.--Female comes some ten or twelve days

later--travel generally by night and in flocks.--Flies south from

August to October.

Song is most musical and sweet, expressing joy and careless

happiness--the song of the female is but a short, sweet "Chink,

chink."--While the young are being cared for, the male does not sing as

he does earlier in the season, but takes up the plainti
e "chink" of

his mate.

Male in spring is black with pale yellow markings on back and wings and

tail. Yellow spot on back of neck--a patch of white on breast and

other white markings.

Female pale yellow beneath--upper parts generally brown--two dark

stripes on top of the head. In autumn plumage of male resembles female.

Nest of grasses well hidden by thick leaves and stems.--Usually built

in clump of grasses and always on the ground and very shallow.

Eggs are pale blue with dark brown spots.--Four or five in

number.--Young birds when fully feathered are so alike that in a flock

young cannot be distinguished from old.