[Tweeters] Photo of a possible Tricolored Blackbird

Denny Granstrand dgranstrand at gmail.com
Mon May 20 19:30:44 PDT 2013

Hi Tweeters,

Saturday Roger Moyer and I were on Lateral C west of the Toppenish NWR,
Yakima County, looking for Tricolored Blackbird and Bobolinks. We found
two Bobolinks and possibly one or two Tricolored Blackbirds.

A blackbird with a white band on its wing patch spent several minutes in
front of us on the west side of the road between the trees at the south
side of Toppenish Creek and the first Russian olive tree south of the
creek. The red on the wing seemed too much like a Red-winged Blackbird but
the white was definitely white. It was calling repeatedly and Roger, whose
ears are way better than mine, said the call was quite different from the
RWBLs that were nearly. It was being answered by another blackbird in the
trees by the creek that was using the same call.

I sent a photo to Steve Mlodinow, who said it definitely was not a RWBL. He
wondered about it being a hybrid. A recording of the calls would help with
the identification.

I am interested in any ideas about this bird:


Denny Granstrand

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Denny Granstrand
Yakima, WA
dgranstrand AT gmail.com
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