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On 9/6/2018 at 3:32 PM, hbvol50 said:

Today in Middle TN


Also eBird flags bobolinksas rare for date and location.  Are these guys early migrants?

Incidentally, I was looking at eBird for these guys and it looks like most of the sightings for Aug-Sept are still more up north.  But there is actually sort of a funnel shape to the range map, with most of the southerly sightings occurring along the coast.

They're beautiful birds.  I saw my first this last spring, a bunch of males in full breeding plumage staking out their territory. Unmistakable in that plumage.  I don't think I'd be able to call one in the field right now unless I was expecting to see them!  They are definitely not common on Long Island, not even in migration, showing up here and there along the coasts.  There's one local state park here that I know of that is restoring grasslands, hoping to coax more of them.  They've had quite a few sightings the last month.

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