I went to a new state park this morning with my birding friends, Dr. Bob & Judy Setzer. We were in search of Bobolinks and anything interesting in the marshy / grassland habitat in eastern Macomb County. Upon entering the trails, we were greeted with the buoyant song of the abundant Yellow Warblers. We then encountered a few dozen Savannah Sparrows feeding in the grasslands adjacent to the pond. We soon turned our attention to finding the Bobolink, once we got to their chosen habitat. We were not to be denied, after a few minutes of listening and searching, a male Bobolink appeared, putting on a display of music and aerial flight displays. After a short walk, we found his mate, busily gathering up captured insects she dutifully returned to her nestlings for a nutritious meal.
The handsome Bobolink male putting on a display of song and bird dance to keep us distracted away from the nearby nest.
Taken at Wetzel State Recreation Area - Macomb County, Michigan.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Bobolink - Male