Female Yellow-headed Blackbirds are often overlooked by casual viewers and bird photographers because they aren’t as flashy as the males. But that isn’t a bad thing. Their drabber coloration makes them less conspicuous and draws less attention than the males which in turn is helpful when nesting, brooding and rearing her young.
This female was taking prey to her young when I photographed her in June of 2009 at Farmington Bay WMA which was before I had moved to Utah and was only here on a short visit.
But as a bird photographer I realize I should photograph them more often than I do because they are quite lovely even if their colors are subdued compared to the males. The female above was photographed in May of this year at Bear River National Wildlife Refuge.
Life is good.