Re: Bobolink Sighting

Joe Morlan

On Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:40:21 -0000, "Stewart K" <> wrote:

In Fort Bragg Proper:

Location: Corner of East Laurel and Cory Streets, SW Corner

Sighted Female Bobolink

Distance from Subject: 5 Feet

Duration of Sighting: 15 Minutes

This is exceptional. According to BNA, "Males arrive in breeding areas in
first week in May in New York (TAG) and s. Wisconsin (Martin 1971); in
mid-May in Oregon (Wittenberger 1976) and n. Michigan (Pettingill 1983).
Females begin arriving about 1 wk after first males appear."

Earliest previously known arrival dates are 28 March in Cuba and the
Bahamas. There do not appear any mainland North American spring records
before 3 April (Georgia).
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at)
Birding Classes start Apr 3

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