Yellow-headed Blackbird - TRNWR June 2015

June 06, 2015  •  1 Comment

The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge ("TRNWR") served up a nice surprise yesterday, a persistently agreeable YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. It was chased away several times by Red-winged Blackbirds and Crows but always returned to the same area where it would take refuge in a small shrub before resuming its foraging activities. A couple days earlier, the refuge produced another first for me there - an AMERICAN BITTERN which is pictured at the end of this post as a bonus bird of sorts.

Looking east across the refuge at the headquarters of the TRNWR:

American Crow harassing the Yellow-headed Blackbird:
I added the map below to answer questions I'm getting about the location of the Yellow-headed Blackbird.  Good luck!

Yellow-headed Blackbird:

American Bittern:


Comments

Jamie Boulton(non-registered)
BEAUTiful photos! Thank you for sharing. I am always amused by the Yellow-headed Blackbird's song; kinda pretty until the end when it sounds like he is being strangled or something. A Stephen King sort of bird.
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