Female Brewer’s Blackbird With Light Colored Eyes?

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Female Brewer's Blackbird with light eyesFemale Brewer’s Blackbird with light eyes – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Near the end of October I photographed several Brewer’s Blackbirds at Farmington Bay WMA and among them was a bird that puzzled me a bit.

Within the flock of blackbirds there was a female Brewer’s Blackbird that drew my attention to her because she had light colored eyes and stood out from the other females that were nearby. I hoped that she was a Rusty Blackbird female but when I compared images, key ID features and illustrations in my field guides, birding apps and photos of female Rusty Blackbirds on line I realized that the bird I photographed was not a rare (for here) Rusty Blackbird but what I believe to be a light-eyed form Brewer’s Blackbird female.

I would have loved for her to be a female Rusty Blackbird because that would have been a lifer for me but a female Brewer’s Blackbird with light eyes is fairly uncommon and I’m happy I took just a few images of her.

Life is good.

Mia

3 Comments

  1. Elephants Child November 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I am super impressed with your eyes.
    And love the magic you share.

  2. Patty Chadwick November 12, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I’m Whatever she is, that’s a darned nice shot…..the detail and pose is great….and I like her stance.

  3. Patty Chadwick November 12, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Whatever she is, that’s a darned nice shot…..the detail and pose is great….

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