This morning (9/3), I found an adult female Yellow-headed Blackbird at the
Mama Rosa Ponds at the Ft. Walton Beach Spray Fields. The bird was foraging with
10 or so Red-winged Blackbirds right next to one of the ponds. What I first
noticed about the YHBL, was the dark brown unstreaked back and when the bird
turned, I could see the yellow breast and throat area. I could even see the
little patch of yellow on the vent. The Red-winged Blackbirds next to the YHBL
made for a nice comparison. It was funny to watch the YHBL hop around in the
grass more than the RWBL.
Also at the ponds, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a juv. Baird's Sandpiper
amongst the Black-necked Stilts, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary, Spotted, Western,
Pectoral, SB Dow, Stilt, and many Least and Semi-palmated Sandpipers.
A lone N.Shoveler was among the many Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teal.
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