Male Yellow-headed Blackbird Displaying at Bear River MBR

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Male Yellow-headed Blackbird displayingMale Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying

I didn’t take many photos of Yellow-headed Blackbirds this summer because I spent more time away from the marshes at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge than I normally do while looking for Short-eared Owls in northern Utah.

When I photographed this male Yellow-headed Blackbird displaying at Bear River MBR it was a beautiful May morning and all the birds there were singing. The calls of male Yellow-headed Blackbirds are not what I would call beautiful but the females seem beguiled by them.

The blackbirds here in Utah are now forming large mixed flocks at this time of the year and it won’t be long before the Yellow-headed Blackbirds will migrate to the south for the winter. Next year I need to focus on these birds more than I did this breeding season. They really are beautiful.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child September 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    An attention getting ‘song’ for a beautiful bird. Thanks Mia.

  2. Roger Burnard September 15, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Mia… adding the “call” to the post is a really nice thing to do…
    Thanks for going to the effort to make that happen. Great
    photos, plus bird calls… yes, “life is good.” ;-)))

  3. Patty Chadwick September 15, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I can barely imagineca flock of these striking birds…we don’t see these beautiful birds in the East…

    • Patty Chadwick September 15, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Roger is right…on all counts….

  4. Bob McPherson September 15, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Beautiful photo Mia.

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