I’m not normally into taking pictures of ‘little birds’ but sometimes you just can’t ignore them. Such was the case this past weekend when I came across a massive gathering of these cool dudes. Hundreds of them, literally, had assembled in a few trees in Longmont, Colorado. They were very noisy, making a heck of a racket. Most likely the gathering was a precursor to their winter migration to the southwestern United States and Mexico.
For those of you not in Colorado that may not know, our month of May has been extraordinarily cool, cloudy and wet. Our normally pleasant spring is turning out to be anything but. Humans are not too happy and I would think it has to wear on the wildlife as well.
This little guy, however, did not seem to mind at all as the damp weather did nothing to dampen his song as he called out. Taken in Commerce City, Colorado.
Yellow-headed Blackbirds take flight but among them, a slightly “off color” Red-winged Blackbird. I was lucky enough to find a nice sized group of these this past weekend. Unfortunately they didn’t really want to pose for pictures so I have to be happy with the few shots I got.
Yellow-headed Blackbirds are relatively common although here in Colorado, the Red-winged Blackbird seems to outnumber them. They are usually found in wetland areas so finding them in a dry field of stubble means this group was likely just making a quick stop on their migration route.