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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken May 28, 2013.

The River "S" Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge has a 4.2 mile auto tour route and 1.5 mile seasonal hiking trail. The auto tour is an excellent way to see the Refuge. A pair of binoculars is a must and a camera makes it even more fun !!!

The males are GORGEOUS and plentiful images can be had on South Quigley Lake during the month of May ... I'm finding the females are best seen in June when they are on Long Lake "grocery shopping" for their young.

The following are images captured of the Yellow-headed Blackbird, arranged monthly. Not all Yellow-headed Blackbird images are shown here, more can be found throughout the Trip Logs. Also, link out to the "Trip Logs" to see more images of various birds, wildflowers, and wildlife photographed each day.

 
April 26, 2008 ... April 26, 2008, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male, calling (right). Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 26, 2008.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 26, 2008.


April 30, 2011 ... April 30, 2011, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed_blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 30, 2011.


May 16, 2008 ... May 16, 2008, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 16, 2008.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 16, 2008.


May 18 and 19, 2008 ... May 18, 2008, Trip Log
May 19, 2008, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Left image taken May 18, 2008, right image taken May 19, 2008.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 19, 2008.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 19, 2008.


May 2007 ... May 6, 2007, Trip Log
May 8, 2007, Trip Log
May 14, 2007, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 14, 2007.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 14, 2007.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 8, 2007.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Note Red-winged Blackbird male flyby, left image. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 8, 2007.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male, in Cattails. The Yellow-headed Blackbird is claiming/defending territory. The Cattails are in seed. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 6, 2007.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male, in Cattails. The Yellow-headed Blackbird is claiming/defending territory. The Cattails are in seed. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, May 6, 2007.


May 28, 2013 ... May 28, 2013, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken May 28, 2013.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken May 28, 2013.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken May 28, 2013.


... heads ... May 28, 2013, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Overcast with spotty sun. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken May 28, 2013.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Overcast with spotty sun. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken May 28, 2013.


June 7, 2010 ... June 7, 2010, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Overcast and gray. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 7, 2010.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird, male. Overcast and gray. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, June 7, 2010.


June 19, 2008 ... female ... June 19, 2008, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird, female. At Long Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken June 19, 2008.


July 8, 2011 ... female ... July 8, 2011, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird female. On Long Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken July 8, 2011.


July 8, 2011 ... youngster ... July 8, 2011, Trip Log

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Yellow-headed Blackbird youngster. On Long Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken July 8, 2011.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird youngster, with "mom". On Long Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken July 8, 2011.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird youngster, with "mom". On Long Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken July 8, 2011.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird youngster. On Long Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken July 8, 2011.
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Yellow-headed Blackbird youngster, with "mom". On Long Lake. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken July 8, 2011.



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