Daily Archives: May 11, 2013

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

I’ve seen yellow-headed blackbirds numerous times including two previous sightings in Jacumba.  But this is the first time that one has stopped by for a visit.  Yellow-headed blackbirds are related to Meadowlarks and are in the same group of birds as orioles, the Icterids. There are records of this bird breeding in Jacumba in the 1960s and 1970s.  These birds are often seen with large mixed flocks of blackbirds, especially at dairies, stables and feeding lots.

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Below, the yellow-headed is feeding with tricolored blackbirds and a house finch.

Yellow-headed Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbirds and Tricolored Blackbirds

Yellow-headed Blackbird and Tricolored Blackbirds

Yellow-headed Blackbird and Tricolored Blackbirds

Yellow-headed Blackbird, Tricolored Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds

And a pair of adult male Bullock’s uneasily share the feeder.

Two  Bullock's Orioles

Two Bullock’s Orioles