~Yellow-headed Blackbird~

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

 

High above the marsh as we walk along the boardwalk toward the entrance to the bird refuge, tall reeds wave gently in the breeze below, showing off their summer colors. 

I can hear birds singing. As we stop to take in the surrounding beauty, I spot Barn Swallows performing their acrobatics, Dragonflies trying to stay out of their reach and these gorgeous Yellow-headed Blackbirds singing their welcome.

There are several and we are delighted. It has been many years since we have seen the Yellow-headed Blackbird. The brightly colored males are sitting among  the swaying reeds, showing off their handsomeness for us. 

The lovely female, with her muted patch of gold, is busy catching Dragonflies for her babies. We stand in awe watching these birds. Finally, the female becomes brave, perhaps knowing we are not a threat, and delivers her mouthful of bugs to her babies.

Down she goes into the reeds and out of sight. We can’t see the nest even though we try diligently to get a glimpse; they have done a masterful  job of hiding their nursery.

Yellow-headed Blackbird (male)
Yellow-headed Blackbird
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Its a warm day and the birds are hot
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Looking for bugs
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Sitting proudly
Female Black-headed Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird (female)
Got a bug!
Got a bug!
Down she goes to feed her baby.
Down she goes to feed her baby.
Near the Visitor Center
Near the Visitor Center

 

For all you birders out there, please go to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge web-site and take a look! Better yet, if you are ever in this area stop in for a visit, you won’t be disappointed. It is located just north of Willard, Utah.  I know you will enjoy seeing this gorgeous refuge.

 

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8 thoughts on “~Yellow-headed Blackbird~”

  1. What a handsome fellow…and what a quick mama. Awesome pictures Sheila. Love the mama with the dragonfly! Thanks for sharing Bear River.

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