May 08, 2014

What yellow head?

Yellow headed black birds are fairly rare in our area. There is only one spot I know of to see and photograph these birds.

Each time I tried for a photo the bird would be up high on a phragmities stalk.
 As soon as it landed the reed would slowly bend and the bird would sink into the reeds making for a less than ideal photo.
I guess you take what you can get.

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

The male Yellow-headed Blackbird defends a small territory of prime nesting reeds. He may attract up to eight females to nest within his area. The male helps feed nestlings, but usually only in the first nest established in his territory. The other females have to feed their young all by themselves.

The oldest Yellow-headed Blackbird on record was 11 years, 8 months old.

source: Cornell Lab or Ornithology.

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