BOBOLINK (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)
The Bobolink is a small bird with black (under) and white (top) plumage, and a yellow patch on the back of its head. It breeds in grassy areas including cultivated hay fields. The latter has contributed to its decline due to early harvesting, which doesn’t give enough time for the young to reach fledging stage. The species is now considered as threatened in Canada because of this. As a conservation measure, farmers now wait till mid-July before cutting their hay. Island Nature Trust has a project to help protect this bird.
The bobolink has a melodious song that can be heard when it flies. Bobolinks migrate a long way to South America. During its migration south, the bobolink will feed on grain, especially rice, and because of this farmers consider it as a pest.