Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)
This stunning, enigmatic species is one that winters in the northern half to two-thirds of Mexico while skirting the Rio Grande Corridor in far west TX, around Culberson and El Paso Counties.
During a sparkling month or two in Spring, they migrate through far-West and other portions of Texas on way to summer breeding grounds further north.
I say "sparkling month" or month and a half because of their obvious beauty. They also have a very grating, electronic, or science-fiction-like, even robotic blackbird vocalization. Can't imagine it? Come on out and see it.
This particular flock was in town here in Marathon today. Fairly small number (maybe 15), mixed in with other blackbird species.
One does happen upon them in smallish numbers in mixed flocks of birds in winter and at times in migration. Even singles, here and there.
However, this is one of the blackbird species that also migrate in huge numbers; in roiling, spherical, balls of smoke on the horizon.
Heidi and I have witness such happenings. Think of thousands of tiny prey-sized fish schooling in the deep blue ocean.
Now, look up and out. Scan the horizon.
Do so quickly, because in mid-May their numbers as described drop off significantly.
They have places to go. They have farmlands, marshes, and grasslands to meet.
I really enjoy this species.
I guess I missed the Easter Bunny. I was distracted.