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Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday's Foto

The Bobolink in basic plumage, while still a lovely bird, looks dramatically different from his breeding garb. Only a few weeks ago this bird's underside was completely black as was his bill. Feathering on his upper side showed white to pale gray shoulders, lower back, and rump. The rear part of his head and crown was set off with buffy, yellow colored plumage. While their populations have declined over the past several decades, this grassland species is still fairly common in the United States. The most likely place to find them in Brooklyn during migration is within the grassland habitats of Floyd Bennett Field. The Bobolink's song is my favorite of any North American bird:

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