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Mindy Smith

4 and two-hundred blackbirds and a few gray ones

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Saw an estimated 200 mixed group of "blackbirds" at Merced WLR in Merced, CA. Need a little help sorting them out (the noise was incredible). There were red-winged black birds and tricolored, a few yellow-headed, brewers blackbirds, some starlings and some great-tailed grackles - some were clear to me and some were confusing.

In the first picture, is that a female Brewer's in front of the yellow-headed and tricolor blackbirds? 

In the second picture, what birds are you seeing and is that a Brewer's on the far right or a great-tailed?  The third picture is that same bird on the far right. Beak looks wrong for a great-tailed grackle but the tail seems too long for Brewer's. Finally, who is the female in the 4th picture?

Merced is a fabulous place for birding; we recorded 50 species two days ago. Four days ago there were about 10,000 snow/ross geese. Two days ago there were about 3200, so they are on the move. 

 

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  1. Yellow-headed and Tricolored
  2. All Brewer's with at least one Tricolored
  3. Brewer's
  4. Tricolored and Brewer's
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2 minutes ago, akandula said:
  1. Yellow-headed and Tricolored
  2. All Brewer's with at least one Tricolored
  3. Brewer's
  4. Tricolored and Brewer's

Agreed.

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Brewer's Blackbirds do not sport pale wing-feather fringes as on the left bird in pic #1. Those fringes also rule out any other blackbirds, except for Red-winged and Tricolored. At least in the US and Canada.

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