Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's For The Birds

I enjoy watching birds and figuring out what kinds they are.  We have several that come and feed at our feeder over the winter. We have a cardinal pair that lives around here, and we are always watching for the first robins of spring.

Every few years we have the privilege of a black bird convention right in our yard. Big deal, you say. We do have plenty of ordinary blackbirds of the grackle variety. (Sounds ever so much more exciting to have grackles flying around than blackbirds). But, THESE, are yellow-headed black birds. They are big: they are beautiful; there are SO many of them.

They were fun to watch.  Here's a few and then some more come to join in.

They just sort of "roll over" as they feed on our lawn, the ones from the back fly over and land ahead of the front lines.

They saw me, and all flew away.  Notice the white spots than you can only see when they are flying.

They really know how to decorate a tree!.

Now into the front yard. Tails up, its feeding time!

They are digging to get worms or something from the ground.   They just keep "rolling forward" as I said before, but they all bunched up by the driveway.

Someone drove by and away they go.  They stayed away this time.  And the next day they were gone.  They only stay about a week.

Lorene called later and said the birds making such a big noise by their place had yellow heads.  So, now I know where they went.


Renee said...

Wow...these are unusual birds. Very pretty!

Lynisha said...

I don't know that I remember ever seeing birds like that - at least not in a bunch!

Gramma's Corner said...

Maxine wrote: "I have never seen yellow headed blackbirds! Interesting!! We used to have alot of blackbirds in our yard in town--conventions out on the backyard wire. I haven't seen any around here last year or this year. At least not the whole flocks of them."

Gramma's Corner said...

Wrena wrote: "There making quick work of the food around your yard huh? WOW!"

Gramma's Corner said...

Judy wrote: "We have yellow headed black birds migrate through here sometimes, but I've never seen that many and Yes, they do make a terrible noise!!"