Three Blackbirds (Okay, Four)


A couple of readers asked about Malheur blackbirds. Because birds are much more interesting than politics, here are the three:

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Malheur NWR, Oregon

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Malheur NWR, Oregon

Yellow-headed were the least common, and occurred in groups of 20-40 birds. For such a beautiful bird, they have an amazingly ugly song.

Brewer's Blackbird, Malheur NWR, Oregon

Brewer’s Blackbird, Malheur NWR, Oregon

Brewer’s Blackbirds are the second most common, and seem to like the road margins more than their cousins.

But by far the most common species was Red-winged Blackbirds.

Red-winged Blackbird, Malheur NWR, Oregon

Red-winged Blackbird, Malheur NWR, Oregon

The other species of blackbird that Alaskans may know is the near-threatened Rusty Blackbird. They don’t nest in or migrate through Malheur NWR, but WC includes them just for completeness.

Rusty Blackbird, Richardson Highway, Alaska

Rusty Blackbird, Richardson Highway, Alaska

There is a fifth species of blackbird in North America, the Tri-colored Blackbird, but WC doesn’t have a photo if the species. Yet.

 

 

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