Bobolinks in Waukesha County Wisconsin on June 19, 2017

Out birding this morning in Waukesha County I came across some Bobolinks. There were 2 males and 2 females in an area where I assumed they were nesting. I took a few shots to share and left the area. It was a sunny morning with cool temps with some clouds moving in. Images were taken on June 19, 2017.

Bobolink, male calling


Binomial name: Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Category: Blackbirds

Size: 7” long, 11.5” wing span

Weight: 1.50 oz

Notes: A male Bobolink may have more than one mate. A well known birder in Wisconsin had called this bird a “skunk blackbird” because of the whitish stripe down the back of the head.

Bobolink, male preening

Bobolink, female keeping an eye on the nesting area

Bobolink, female keeping the balance…

Bobolink, male in the grass as we see them…

Bobolink, male just sitting pretty

Female watching the nest from a distance…

Bobolink, the female in flight…

Both sexes here…


Distant shot of caterpillars in the bill…

The balancing act

On the lookout

Over looking the nesting area…


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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

5 Responses to Bobolinks in Waukesha County Wisconsin on June 19, 2017

  1. Steve Van Oudenhoven says:

    Thanx! Love Boblinks, used to have a few around, no more 🙁

  2. Karen Weiss says:

    Thank so much , such great pics. !! Thanks for showing the difference between the male and the female .

  3. Nan Wisherd says:

    I love the unique markings of the males. Beautiful photos, Jim.

  4. Anita Johnson says:

    These are amazing photos…..and now I know what I saw…..I’m a real amatuer birder, but we do live in Waukesha county. Stunning!

  5. Hal Kufahl says:

    Just spotted a male at my bird feeder. June 23,2019, New Berlin WI

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