Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Yellow-Headed Blackbirds in Saskatchewan Slough

Dozens of Yellow-headed Blackbirds thrive among the reeds in a slough not far north of Regina.

These are the first Yellow-headed Blackbirds I've seen in the 15 years I've lived in Saskatchewan — and while I won't say the wait was worth it, I will say that I'm glad it's over.

To me, the stark contrast looks unreal, as if a bright yellow bird had donned a black mask and robe, then wandered, scowling, into the swamp.

They are not exactly melodious. Instead, their song sounds like the raspy squeal of huge metal hinges, a door that will not open.

But glowingly beautiful  — yes, I will grant these lovely (noisy!) birds that!

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What is this?  Yellow-headed Blackbird
Location: Slough north of Regina, Saskatchewan.
Photo date: May 5, 2012. 


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