|A cluster of Blackbirds were feeding in a vacant lot, Portal, AZ, 4/11/2012.|
|A blurry photo of a male Yellow-headed Blackbird, Jackson WY; 6/2006.|
|Brewers and Yellow-headed Blackbirds putting distance between them and me, Portal, AZ; 4/11/2012.|
|A female Yellow-headed Blackbird, Portal, AZ; 4/11/2012.|
They landed in an adjacent field so I had to start my approach again. This time I decided not to get so close and tried to pick outsome Yellow-Heads and snapped pics as they lifted their heads to take a breather from feeding (Above and Below).
|Another female Yellow-headed Blckbird, Portal, AZ; 4/11/2012.|
Later, I noticed that all the Yellow-headed Blackbirds in this flock were females. Males are black (see the Male photo from Jackson, WY, 3 pics Above), while females are brown (2 pics Above). I read later that these Blackbirds sometimes migrate in all males or females. So I came upon an all female flock which was joined by a mixed flock of Brewers Blackbirds.
Yellow-headed Blackbirds have quite a summer range stretching from the northern Midwest of Wisconsin and Minnesota to the Rocky Mountains and spreading south to Nevada, Utah, Colorado and into Northern New Mexico. In winter they will migrate to southern Arizona, and New Mexico and into all of Mexico. I was probably watching this flock on their northern Spring migration.