bob·​o·​link | \ ˈbä-bə-ˌliŋk How to pronounce bobolink (audio) \

Definition of bobolink

: an American migratory songbird (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) with the breeding male chiefly black

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From here the trail travels along a dusty road through a vast field populated by bobolink and eastern meadowlark. Peter Marteka,, "Hiking Along The Banks Of A Lost Town," 20 May 2018 Here is a sampling of the offerings: Bloomfield: A nature walk on the Orchard Trail to the High Orchard, through farm fields to the Auer Farm Road Orchard to look for bobolinks. Susan Dunne,, "Connecticut Trails Day Hosts Hundreds Of Free Outdoor Activities," 15 May 2018 Officials say rare bird species such as bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, and American kestrels breed on the grassland. Frank Kummer,, "Historic Cowtown Rodeo's grasslands preserved in $2.6-million deal," 9 Apr. 2018 Her poems are stuffed with robins, bobolinks, squirrels, bees, daffodils, butterflies, dandelions, frost, and roses. Ellen Wayland-smith, Longreads, "Death Rattle: The Body’s Betrayals," 21 Mar. 2018 The natural area is an Important Bird Area, with landscapes that support both wetland and barrens species, including bobolinks, golden eagles and sandhill cranes. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Quincy Bluff is a wild, remote spot for hiking in central Wisconsin," 14 Dec. 2017 McCurry, of the Jackson Park Advisory Council, said the driving range, which has been there since 1978 and replaced a Nike missile base, had nothing to do with the disappearance of bobolinks, which have been in decline across the U.S. for years. Manya Brachear Pashman,, "Birders fear loss of habitat to Obama Center, Jackson Park golf course development," 5 Aug. 2017 Mayor Roy Zartarian, an avid birder, said he is concerned that the dog park might disrupt ground nesting birds like the bobolinks. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "Newington Applies For Grant Funds For Proposed Dog Park," 15 June 2017 Bobolinks flew to their nests hidden in the tall grass. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Wyndham Land Trust Hosts Summer Solstice Celebration," 5 July 2017

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circa 1801, in the meaning defined above

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: a North American songbird related to the blackbirds

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