Ben Messick Photography

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

Since I started photographing birds in Texas, we have been keeping track of all the birds we identify in the eBird app. The app is useful in telling us which birds are common to the area and if they have been seen in the last week. According to the app, 98 different species have been identified at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in the past week. Today, we identified 29– ten of which we have never seen before Utah! This yellow-headed blackbird is one of the new ones to us.

The complete list of birds we identified today in the two hours we were at the Refuge: Canada Goose, Cinnamon Teal, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Mallard, Redhead, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-necked Pheasant, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark’s Grebe, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Avocet, Franklin’s Gull, Forster’s Tern, Double-crested Cormorant, American White Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Red-winged Blackbird.

I took this photograph in the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge near Brigham City, Utah. I used a Nikon Z5 camera using a NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S lens (1/320 sec at ƒ/5.3, ISO 100, 280mm). I edited and cropped the image in Adobe Lightroom.

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