Re: Yellow-headed and tri-colored blackbirds

From: Chris Howard
Date: 4/17/00
Time: 4:32:11 PM
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We also had a good sized (40) flock of Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the 4-H Farm on Sunland Drive in Bishop over the weekend. Great views and what a cacophany!

I wonder if the tri-colored blackbirds you're seeing are actually Red-winged Blackbirds. Tri-colored are pretty rare on this side of the crest. In flight male Tri-coloreds usually show a white patch next to the red in the wing, whereas Red-winged show a yellow patch next to the red. The male Red-wingeds in Bishop are really looking sharp these days!