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Monday, May 11, 2009

They're back!

Bobolink, male

The Bobolinks are back! Hooray! 2 males arrived last friday and this morning we counted 5 males in our field. We provide a safe nesting field. We have an agreement with the farmer who cuts our hay, not to cut before the end of July. By then the Bobolinks have fledged from their nests. If farmers cut too early, they will wipe out the nests and young. So we are doing our part for Bobolink conservation.

4 comments:

Moria said...

Wow, that's awesome. Such beautiful birds. I love to see nature so well taken care of. Cheers!

Aunt "B's" Backyard said...

That is one unique-looking bird!
Great shot!

Jess said...

Hello! Your audio guide is an ipod staple. I love the blog, been following you for a little while now, and I advertise you on my blogroll. I have to say I'm particularly fond of your header pic; I study PABU for my MS at Clemson. I worked on this project at Chechessee Creek Club and Spring Island, SC (wildlife-managed golf course communities), as a field tech last summer, and now I've adopted it for my own thesis. So, this summer is my first real data-collecting season. We search for nests to understand essential habitat features, especially with regard to management practices. Anyway, just wanted to say hi, and I'm glad your bobolinks are back! Hopefully there are a few still at the Savannah refuge that I can glimpse before they go.

Martin said...

I live in central eastern Virginia, between Washington DC and Richmond VA. The past two years I had tons of goldfinches. Even this winter I had finches galore feeding from my two thistle bags. This April the male and female goldfinches returned and I refilled the two bags. It is now the 21st of May and I have not seen a finch in weeks. The bags are still as full as the day I last filled them. What gives? Is it possible that they are busy tending their brood? Will they return? Should I empty the bags and refill?