Date: 3/15/17 1:45 pm From: Jacque Brown <bluebird2...> Subject: Re: eBird: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery
I went to the hatchery about 12:30. I did not see the Yellow-headed Blackbird. I did see a flock of 38 Scaup and a female Canvasback, Mallards, Buffleheads, Blue-winged Teal, Canada Geese, Great-blue Heron, 1 American Pipit, 3 Savannah Sparrows, 2 Song Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow, Meadowlarks, Starlings, 2 Rusty Blackbirds, some Red-winged Blackbirds, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Kestrel, Mockingbird, Robins, Cardinals, and a Belted Kingfisher. Also 15 Pectoral Sandpipers, 2 Wilson Snipe, Killdeer, and a Least Sandpiper.
I drove around the area looking for flocks of birds that have been around for several months in open fields, Buckhorn Flats, Rainbow Farm Rd, Opal, and the dairy circuit in Vaughn. I finally found a large flock of about 3000 Brown-headed Cowbirds at one of the dairy's, a flock of about 1000 Starlings at a different dairy, scattered Red-wing Blackbirds, no Yellow-headed with any of them. Other birds were E Bluebirds, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue Jays, Juncos, White-crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows.