Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Erika and I found a half-dozen Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the 180th Street Marsh in nearby Dakota County on 24 April. This species is conspicuous in North American prairie wetlands and across western North America in general. Except during migration, this blackbird is seldom found east of Lake Michigan. It winters in the Southwest and in northern Mexico. Ornithologists have recently concluded that this species is an odd relative of meadowlarks (Fraga and Bonan 2017)

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