Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) Male Singing  Photographed at Nations Road near Avon, NY on June 28, 2017. Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) Male  Photographed at Nations Road near Avon, NY on June 28, 2017.  This is another view of the bird in the previous photo. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Male  Photographed in Brighton near Rochester, NY on April 15, 2015. This is a high dynamic range photo made by combining 2 exposures.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Male  Photographed at Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta, NY near Rochester on April 26, 2013. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Male  He was displaying his epaulettes at the High Acres Nature Area in Perinton, NY near Rochester on April 19, 2012. Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Female  Photographed at Cape May, NJ on May 3, 2012.
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) Female  She seemed to have an unusual amount of orange coloration.  It was also present at Mendon Ponds Park near Rochester, NY at an unusual time of year for this species, Feb 3, 2014. Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) Male  Photographed at Nations Road near Avon, NY on June 28, 2017. Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)  Photographed at Thousand Acre Swamp in Penfield, NY near Rochester on April 18, 2016.  This once common species has become scarce.  Thousand Acre Swamp is a preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy.
Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) Male  Photographed at Red Bluff, CA on April 8, 2012. Brewer's Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) Male Calling  This young male seemed to be begging for food at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in northern California on June 1, 2009. Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) Male  He was pointing his head skyward in a territorial pose at Cape May, NJ on May 14, 2013.
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) Male Puffed Up  He had his irridescent feathers puffed up, presumably to frighten other males and/or impress females, at Cape May, NJ on May 14, 2013. Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) Juvenile  Photographed in my yard near Rochester, NY on June 11, 2009. Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) Male  Photographed at the Wetlands Institute in  Stone Harbor, NJ on Oct. 11, 2012.
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major) Male Feeding on Horseshoe Crab Eggs  He was one of thousands of birds feasting on horseshoe crab eggs at Reeds Beach near Cape May, NJ on May 12, 2016. Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) Male  Photographed near the village of San Luis, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica on Nov. 2, 2016.  Map Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) Males  This pair was digging up something to eat in the village of San Luis near the southwestern shore of Lake Arenal, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, on Nov 3, 2011.
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) Female  Photographed in the village of San Luis near the southwestern shore of Lake Arenal, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, on Nov 10, 2014. Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) Male  Photographed at Cape May, NJ on May 3, 2012. Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) Female  Photographed at Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada on May 21, 2008.
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) Fledgling  It was being fed by an unidentified adult bird at Mendon Ponds Park near Rochester, NY on June 4, 2015. Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) Male Adult  Photographed at Cape May, NJ on May 15, 2013. Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) Male First Summer  Photographed at Cape May, NJ on May 14, 2014.
Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) Male  Photographed near Red Bluff, CA on April 8, 2012. Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) Male  Photographed near Red Bluff, CA on April 8, 2012.  This is another view of the bird in the previous photo. Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) Male  Photographed at Taylor Marsh in Ontario County, NY on May 7, 2016.  Taylor Marsh is a preserve owned by the  Bergen Swamp Preservation Society .
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) Male Flying  Photographed at Taylor Marsh in Ontario County, NY on May 7, 2016. This is another view of the bird in the previous photo. Taylor Marsh is a preserve owned by the  Bergen Swamp Preservation Society . Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma) Perched  Photographed near the village of San Luis, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica on Nov. 2, 2016.   Map . Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma) Displaying  Photographed near the village of San Luis, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica on Nov. 2, 2016.  He was calling as he displayed.  This is the same bird shown in the previous photo.   Map .
Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma) Nests  These nests in a coconut palm were photographed near the town of Las Juntas, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica on Feb. 25, 2007.  Oropendolas are colonial nesters.