It’s not every day that you look out your window and see a lifer bird at your feeder!
This is a Yellow-headed Blackbird. He showed up on a gray, icky day after Tropical Storm Eta passed through the state. His normal range is west of the Mississippi River, but there are regular reports of vagrants in Florida. A Yellow-headed Blackbird was photographed flying over Lake Apopka on November 3; it’s possible that this is the same bird.
Friday the 13rd brought some good luck as I updated my Life List!
I crawled through a blackberry bramble thicket to get a photo of one a couple of years ago and here YOU have them coming to your feeder!
Life (and birding) ain’t fair!
Very nice, Jess!
Hehehe, so true! Crawling through the blackberry thicket makes a much better story. He hasn’t re-appeared so I’m thinking I got very lucky indeed…
I am in Texas, the place as I know there will be more yellow-headed blackbirds in the winter. But I have never seen any yellow-headed blackbird in my feeders. I even have a camera set up for 24/7 recording. Why am I so unlucky. Anyway, your picture is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.
Hi Michael, I think I got really lucky when this bird showed up at my feeder! He hasn’t been back. Keep putting out seed – you never know who may show up :)