Yellow-headed Blackbird In Colorado

When I visited the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado these Yellow-headed Blackbirds were everywhere.

The breeding habitat of the Yellow-headed Blackbird is cattail marshes in North America, mainly west of the Great Lakes. During the breeding and nesting season the males are very territorial and spend much of their time perched on reed stalks and displaying or chasing off intruders.

This bird’s song resembles the grating of a rusty hinge. (Wikipedia)

Yellow-headed Blackbird In Colorado Photo

Yellow-headed Blackbird In Colorado Photo

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  1. Maria Rosa July 17, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    Love that bright yellow in contrast to the black. Hope to see one some day.

  2. Jim Denham July 17, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    I have never seen one of these guys! Very cool!

  3. glbuzz July 17, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    Neat looking bird, Steve.

  4. Cindy H July 17, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    That bright yellow is quite attractive! We have Red-winged Blackbirds, and I think they’re beautiful, but the yellow is sure striking! :)

  5. Debbie Milller July 17, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Awesome views! I have only had distant views … they are beautiful!

  6. Chris July 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Pretty birds! I followed rumors and tips about these guys all around Dallas this spring. I managed to see a couple, but never managed photographs. Maybe next year!

  7. Mia McPherson July 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    A rusty hinge is a great description of their calls! I think your images show their beauty well.

  8. Rachel Cohen July 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    Beautiful Steve!! :)