Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
|June 2016 Bird Of Month
Perched on a grass stem or displaying
in flight over a field, breeding male Bobolinks are striking. No other North American bird has a white back and black underparts.
The male also has a rich, straw-colored patch on the head. In spring, male Bobolinks sing their bubbling song while giving
conspicuous display flights low over grasslands, fluttering their wings while singing. As summer ends he molts into a buff
and brown female-like plumage. Though they’re still fairly common in grasslands, Bobolink numbers are declining. The
Bobolink is one of the world’s most impressive songbird migrants, traveling some 12,500 miles to and from southern South
America every year. The species name of the Bobolink, oryzivorus means “rice eating” and refers to this bird’s
appetite for rice and other grains, especially during migration and in winter. One of our late arriving migrants, it can be
found locally at Owego Wetlands and Broken Kettle Grasslands.