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Migratory bird populations have taken a nose dive in the past 40 years. But you can help bring their numbers back by creating beneficial, beautiful and fun habitats in your own backyard. Discover favorite plants and environments that shelter and feed colorful songbirds, as well as how to make them feel welcome by offering their preferred natural foods.

Grandma Pearl
(Connie Smith)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Bobolinks Remembered

We lived on a rural road about 3 miles from the nearest small town, so my days and nights were filled with the sounds of nature.  One that I remember most clearly is the bobolinks that lived in the nearby marsh. Their bubbly, energetic songs emanated from all corners of that boggy area.  To see them you were reminded a little of the red wing blackbirds that also took up residence there.  Their sizes were similar, but the distinctive yellowish nape of the male bobolink set them apart; that and their amazing vocalizations.  

They are mixed in my memory with the swamp sparrows, quail, pheasants, turkeys, red wings, mockingbirds, orioles, and a whole host of songbirds that enjoyed snapping up mosquitoes and a myriad of other insects, dining on wild blackberries, crab apples and weed seeds galore.  It was a feast for my ears and a banquet for the birds!
Grandma Pearl
Male and Female Bobolinks
photo from audubon.org
Female Bobolink
photo from westboroughlandtrust.org

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