Male Brewer’s Blackbird on an Autumn Day

Male Brewer's Blackbird at Farmington BayMale Brewer’s Blackbird at Farmington Bay – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1600, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

There are plenty of Brewer’s Blackbirds at Farmington Bay WMA this time of the year. I’ve noticed that these blackbirds seem easily approachable during the autumn on cool mornings and two days ago that worked out well for me when I photographed this male Brewer’s Blackbird on a weathered fence post at next to Glover’s Pond at Farmington Bay.

Brewer's Blackbird male during the fallBrewer’s Blackbird male during the fall – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I keep hoping I will see a rare Rusty Blackbird in among the flocks of Brewer’s Blackbirds and perhaps one day I will if I sit and scan through the flocks more carefully with my long lens.

I like the bright eyes of male Brewer’s Blackbirds and how well they stand out from the dark feathers that surround them and the shades of iridescence that show if the light angle is right.

Male Brewer's Blackbird calling from a fence postMale Brewer’s Blackbird calling from a fence post – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

This male Brewer’s Blackbird called softly a few times as he perched on the old fence post in response (I believe) to other calling blackbirds perched in a tree nearby.

Brewer’s Blackbirds are year round residents in northern Utah and in the autumn they form large flocks that move through open field looking for seeds and fallen grain.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover October 24, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Nice images of Brewer’s Blackbird (a neighbor of mine mistakingly called Grackles).

  2. Elephant's Child October 23, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Beautiful things. And I love the iridescence. Though I can never remember how to spell it.

  3. April Olson October 23, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Beautiful photo, so glad you caught the iridescence in the feathers. For many years my parents had a breeding pair in their yard, my father could not mow the lawn while they were nesting, he would be attacked by the adults.

  4. Patty Chadwick October 23, 2016 at 8:13 am

    These are wonderful shots! I like them all. We see rusty blackbirds here quite a bit, in fact I raised one…can’t remember the circumstances. He was quite a character.

  5. Bob mcpherson October 23, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Beatiful photos, Mia.

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