Brewer’s Blackbird

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Sooooo…..I was lounging (being lazy) in our campsite and noticed blackbirds coming and going from the pine tree in the site next to us that was presently empty.  When the male perched atop the tree and started singing, I knew it was a different species of blackbird.  It got me up and out of that chair too!  😉

Welcome to my lifer list #232 Brewer’s Blackbird!  A common blackbird that resides and/or migrates over three-quarters of the U.S., it is rare to find along most of the east coast including where I live.

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Brewer’s Blackbird (male)

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Brewer’s Blackbird (female) picking up nesting materials

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Right after taking the above photos, the male swooped down and suddenly began mating with the female.

I shot 18 photos, but who wants to see that many of birds doing it. 😅  I’ll share three in this slideshow.

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And like any other wildlife mating session, it was over just as quickly as it started.

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“Mr. Proud-of-Myself”

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Then zip zip, both took flight and were gone!

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37 thoughts on “Brewer’s Blackbird

  1. And you call yourself “being lazy” and you added a “lifer” to your list? You must be the queen of birds! Congratulations, Donna! Good for you. 🙂

    • Thank you, HJ! 💃 I truly was trying to be lazy, lol, had been a long day. Somehow a new bird shoots adrenaline through your body and the thought of being tired disappears! 🙂

    • Goodness, I seem too! hehe 😉 The male does not assist incubating the eggs but does fully assist feeding the chicks. The chicks leave the nest within two weeks, ending nesting season. The mated pair discontinues association with each other at that time. So I’m guessing the female finishes rearing the chicks until they can fly and feed themselves.

  2. Well done Donna, the Lord brought the lifer to you for a change. That yellow eye on the black male always brings to mind our Pied Currawong, an opportunistic bird, and the eye is always looking for opportunities. I have featured it with this trait in my 2nd edition.

  3. Great photos Donna, and wonderful spot. You certainly are discovering some amazing birds and wildlife on your journey!

  4. Congratulations! And you didn’t even have to go looking for this one. 🙂 That striking yellow eye reminds me of a grackle, but these are smaller. Good that you noticed the song. The male does look very proud of himself. 😉

    • Thank you very much, Barbara! 💃 I first thought grackle too, and wasn’t impressed lol…..but the activity had me watching them, and then I could see the size difference. And then I knew it was a Brewer’s, I had them on my list for local birds. You should have seen me come out of that chair fast to go get my camera! 😅

    • Thank you! Me too, I think I was up and out of my chair in seconds! 😉 I got a couple shots of the male looking directly at me, and I could see both eyes on me almost look like they were glowing, a bit spooky, lol.

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