22 July 2024

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Magnolia Warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, 24 September 2014.

Magnolia Warbler.

Philadelphia Vireo, Monhegan Island, Maine, 24 September 2014.

Philadelphia Vireo.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Monhegan Island, Maine, 24 September 2014.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Monhegan Island, Maine, 24 September 2014.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Big news today was the Yellow-headed Blackbird that showed up on the island. Big news for all the birders who saw (and didn’t) see it—especially, perhaps, my own self, since it was a lifer for me. However, back at the Trailing Yew later, as I popped into my room to change from shorts to jeans, the bird showed up all sunlit and photogenic on the tip of a spruce overlooking the yard. Dang it.

Monhegan List
Tally of species from my fourth day on the island.

1. Herring Gull
2. Merlin
3. Northern Flicker
4. Blue Jay
5. European Starling
6. American Goldfinch
7. Pine Siskin
8. Black-capped Chickadee
9. Eastern Wood-pewee
10. Eastern Phoebe
11. Unidentified empid
12. American Crow
13. Osprey
14. Peregrine Falcon
15. Sharp-shinned Hawk
16. Common Raven
17. Rusty Blackbird
18. Red-headed Woodpecker
19. Yellow-headed Blackbird
20. Northern Harrier
21. Red-eyed Vireo
22. Song Sparrow
23. Lincoln’s Sparrow
24. Chipping Sparrow
25. Baltimore Oriole
26. Yellow-rumped Warbler
27. Blackpoll Warbler
28. Palm Warbler
29. Northern Parula
30. Common Yellowthroat
31. Philadelphia Vireo
32. Magnolia Warbler
33. Rose-breasted Grosbeak
34. Belted Kingfisher
35. Ruby-throated Hummingbird

…and more I’m forgetting.

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