Bobolinks, who breed in the northern United States and Southern Canada, east of the Rocky Mountains, gather in the fall in large flocks. While Bobolinks are breeders of the grasslands, they gather in the fall in marshes, where they forage on grains in preparation for their long migration across the Gulf of Mexico to southern South America.
The male Bobolink changes it’s appearance drastically between it’s breeding and nonbreeding plumage. In the summer on it’s breeding ground, the male Bobolink appears to wear a tuxedo on backwards with a straw hat upon it’s head. The breeding male Bobolink cuts a very dashing figure.
In the fall, the Bobolink molts and dons a coat of warm, buffy browns. These Bobolinks were foraging among the reeds along Shearness Pool at Bombay Hook early Saturday morning. Perhaps 50 of these striking birds foraged and flew about the reeds.