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A male Brewer's Blackbird displaying his breeding plumage - all black with a glossy sheen. The head is dark iridescent purple. The eye is yellowish.
Spotted next to the Vantage highway. Large ditch next to the highway with dense vegetation. Brewer's Blackbirds are most often associated with agricultural fields that have brushy edges. They can be found in other open areas as well, including parks, campgrounds, parking lots, wetlands, and suburban and urban settings. In Washington, they are also seen in shrub-steppe habitats, especially around grazing areas.
These birds are often permanent residents in the west. Other birds migrate to the southeastern United States and Mexico. The range of this bird has been expanding east in the Great Lakes region.
Spotted on May 13, 2018
Submitted on May 17, 2018
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