Thursday, 19 Mar 2009
(Emails from Pomera Fronce, 19 Mar 2009)
Hi Folks -
This evening I located a possible male Tricolored Blackbird.
The bird was in Detention Basin Park in Holladay. Take Murray-Holladay
Road to 1590 East and turn north. The parking lot is on the east side of
the road. Follow this link to the google map:
The bird was seen on the southwest part of the pond and was about 20 feet
east of the wooden railing. I watched the bird for quite some time. He had
a set routine of singing from the tops of the reeds (along with a bunch of
Red-winged Blackbirds), flying up into a nearby tree, dropping down into
the reeds, perching back up, etc. The bird twice left the general area of
the pond and flew southwest, but came back within a few minutes to the
The bird was not shy and even with the fading light, I was able to get
some good photos which show the field mark that grabbed my attention
- the white median coverts. Other field marks were not quite so obvious. I
will send a couple of photos to Milt to post.
Others who observed the bird were Roberta Wherritt, Anne Halley and Owen
I am going back to the park on Friday morning around 7:30. Would
appreciate input/photos from any who have the time to check out this bird
tomorrow. If anyone has some good sound equipment, a recorded song would
be helpful. Based on what we heard tonight, the bird will likely oblige.
by Pomera Fronce (and one by Jack Binch)