Bird #232 — Brewer’s Blackbird

euphagus (to eat well) cyanocephalus (from kyanos, blue, and kephale, head)

Saturday, June 19, 1982 — 9:00 am

Illinois Beach State Park, Illinois

I heard about these Brewer’s Blackbirds on the Audubon hot line.  I found a male perched in a dead tree in the prairie on the far south end of the park about 100 yards from Lake Michigan.  It was preening and looking around.  A female flew in and landed on another branch for a short time.  Both birds then flew off to the north.

I later saw a male perched in dead scrub by the pine woods on the north end of the prairie and another one on the beach near a flock of gulls.

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