Most people are familiar with the widespread Red-winged Blackbird, but the Yellow-headed Blackbird is also a summer visitor to our area. This is a male. The female looks quite different, with her mostly brown plumage. Their preferred nesting habitat is cattail swamps, just like Red-winged Blackbirds. Many people consider the song of the Yellow-headed Blackbird to be the worst sounding of all the North American songbirds. I have seen it described as a “high pitched, raspy, honking gurgle”. Once you hear it you’re not likely to forget it.
From June 5, 2011 - More Migrant Birds