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