The Yellow-headed Blackbird I spotted back in the beginning of July is still hanging around the West End of Jones Beach. It is regularly sighted and reported on the listservs and I was pleased to see it in the median near West End 2 today in the middle of a day of birding. I was even more pleased to show the bird to Daisy, and ecstatic that it decided to chase after a fly and eat it within six feet of my car and camera!

I know there is food here somewhere...

look at the size of that foot!

must kill this juicy fly...


If you look closely at the last shot you can see the bird’s tongue.

I can’t believe the bird has stuck around for so long but I’m glad lots of birders got a chance to see it. And if you are from New York or keep a New York list you really have no excuse not to go after this bird.

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.