The birds of the open are varied and many. Most of the forest birds are

seen occasionally in the fields, but some birds make their homes in the

open. You will find the bobolink's nest in a hay-field or down among the

red clover. The bobolink of the north is a sweet singer and is pretty in

his black and white feathers with a touch of yellow at the back of his

head. There are creamy-yellow feathers down his back, too, but they are

not noticeable. When he goes south the male loses his pretty coat and,

clad like his mate in yellowish-brown, is known as the rice-bird because

he feeds on the rice crops. Here he is killed because he is considered a

robber, and eaten because he is considered a delicacy.