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
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.