This past weekend's extraordinarily cold weather was a little brutal for anyone spending extended periods of time outdoors. As the mercury reached 12 degrees Fahrenheit, I bundled up and headed over to the Saw Mill River Audubon's Pryun Sanctuary to catch a glimpse of the Yellow-headed Blackbird. This stray from the Midwest has taken up residence at the Pryun Sanctuary's feeding station for the last couple weeks and has caused quite a stir in the local birding community. After about 15 minutes of searching through a huge flock of Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds, the lemon-headed bird was finally spotted. Unfortunately the bird sat well back into a tangle of bittersweet vines and gave only a distant view, but it was enough to confirm his presence and secure a new "life bird" for two other visitors watching along side me.
-Adam Zorn, Naturalist