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Immature Yellow Headed Blackbird

It is difficult to miss adult male yellow headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) with their black bodies, bright yellow heads, white wing patches and black masks. Females and immatures present more of an identification problem. Recently I was watching dragonflies along … Continue reading

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Not As Cute Anymore. . .

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The western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) with its cheery yellow color and melodious song has always been one of my favorite birds. Then one day I watched a meadowlark kill a small songbird. That made me rethink the meadowlark as a favorite bird. … Continue reading

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Sharp-shinned Hawk

Yesterday I was listening to the loud, discordant chatter of the newly arrived yellow-headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) when suddenly there was total silence. Sure enough, when I looked there was not a blackbird to be seen and sitting in place … Continue reading

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Yellow-headed Blackbird

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Another spring arrival – earlier than usual this year! Yellow-headed blackbirds (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) usually return to Big Valley in April. My notes for the last several years support this: 2007, April 19th;  2008, March 31st; 2009, oops, no record; 2010, April 29th; 2011, … Continue reading

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