Although a single Yellow-Headed Blackbird was reported recently on a local birding site, we seldom see them here in the Puget Sound area so I’m generally pleased to get a picture of one, particularly the brightly-colored male. Still, I was surprised by how many I saw everywhere I went last week, everywhere; their brash songs
filling the air, making it impossible to miss them,
all of them.
Most of this singing seemed intent on attracting a mate,
like this charming female Yellow-Headed Blackbird, harder to spot because of her more subdued colors and because her usual “song” seems to be just a harsh clicking.
Judging from this guy’s expression,
though, some of those songs were probably territorial claims, not romantic love songs. At least I hope this wasn’t this guy’s idea of the best way to attract a mate.