Yellow


It’s not only blue that is an accent color in the Spring in Camas Prairie and around Bennett Mountain; there’s also yellow.

The Arrowleaf Balsamroot competes with the Camas Lilies for fields of colorful flowers.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Camas Prairie, Idaho

But WC mostly photographs birds, not flowers. And there the yellows range from high drama to just a tinge or  a light wash. The male Yellowheaded Blackbird likely qualifies as high drama yellow.

Yellowheaded Blackbird, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Yellowheaded Blackbird, Camas Prairie, Idaho

There was a pretty, if uncooperative, Bullock’s Oriole in the willows long a stream course on Bennett Mountain Road. A yellow that absolutely qualifies as dramatic.

Bullock's Oriole, Bennet Mountain Road, Idaho

Bullock’s Oriole, Bennett Mountain Road, Idaho

The Western Kingbird is a largish flycatcher, with a delicate yellow wash across his belly and tail. A nice contrast with the shades of gray.

Western Kingbird, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Western Kingbird, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Any list of yellow Idaho birds would be incomplete without the lovely Western Meadowlark.

Western Meadowlark, West Mountain Road, Idaho

Western Meadowlark, West Mountain Road, Idaho

And sometimes the yellow is invisible except in very special moments, like courtship. So we’ll close with a Greater Sage Grouse male, showing yellow that is invisible 99% of the time.

Greater Sage Grouse male, lekking, Bennett Mountain, Idaho

Greater Sage Grouse male, lekking, Bennett Mountain, Idaho

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