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"Yellow-headed Blackbird"
Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus):    Known early on as the "Yellow-headed Troopial", the first published account of today's Yellow-headed Blackbird was in 1825 by Bonaparte in his continuation of Wilson's Ornithology. Wilson's Ornithology (1832 edition) states:   "Although this species has long been known to naturalists as an inhabitant of South America, and its name introduced into all their works, yet they have given us no other information concerning it, than that it is black, with a yellow head and neck. It was added to the Fauna of the United States by the expedition of Major Long to the Rocky Mountains." In 1819 the expedition led by Major Long took along two naturalists, Thomas Say and Titian Peale, a great boon to early U.S. ornithology.

 
April ... Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon ...

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male, Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon. Overcast with occasional sun breaks. Image taken April 27, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male, Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon. Overcast with occasional sun breaks. Image taken April 27, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


May ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2008, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 15, 2008.

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May ... Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon ...

Image, 2014, Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge Image, 2014, Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male, Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon. Sunny warm spring day with breeze. Image taken May 21, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


May ... Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington ...

Image, 2018, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Washington, click to enlarge
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Fazio Feedlot, Lower River Road. Image taken May 31, 2018. Nikon P900.


July ... Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, juvenile, Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon. Image taken July 15, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.



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