Documentation of Bobolink

Observer Information

Reporter:  Polly Neldner  PO Box 358,   La Veta, CO  81055
Other Observers:  Dave Moore, Mary Backiel, Bob Hare and his friend Sandy; Paul and Polly Neldner

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Bobolink
First Date/Time:  5/21/2011
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  5 hours
County:  Huerfano
Specific Location:  The first 1/2 mile of County Road sub-irrigated hayfield
Number:  8
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Sub-irrigated hayfield with marshy areas

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Swarovski 8.5 X 42 binoculars, Kowa Spotting Scope, 500 mm lens
Distance:  20 ft to 150 yards
Light:  Very good, some overcast

Description of the Bird

Front and head all black with straw-colored nape, white rump and scauplars. Pointed tail feathers...pointed wings in flight
Behaviors: Birds were seen on the ground flying and chasing one another and perched on grass stalks, fence posts and fences. Would fly up and then disappear into the grass.
Call: Heard and heard well. Compared with song on iPod and bird was seen singing several times
Plumage: Adult Breeding

Similar Species Discussion

Was seen in the vicinity of Red-winged Blackbirds...quickly eliminated from these because of straw colored nape and lack of orange-red lesser coverts; pale yellowish median coverts. Male Lark Bunting would have white confined to wings.

Resources Used

Sibley Guide to Birds, Peterson Field Guide to Birds

Previous Experience

See Red-winged Blackbirds all the time. Have seen Lark Buntings on numerous occasions.


Notes made DURING observation

Additional Information

Comments: I realize the bird is not the on the state review list. Am submitting record because of the unique location of where they were seen. This far south in the state is unusual.
Time: Morning and evening
Elevation: 7000
Other Dates: We watched again today...took 4 other local birders out to see them
Nearest Town: La Veta
Independent Observers: Paul and Polly Neldner

Materials Available

Photographer: Polly Wren Neldner

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Date Documentation Submitted

5/22/2011 9:39:00 PM
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