Yellow-headed Blackbird


RIARC Number, Vote (Accepted - Not Accepted - Natural Status Uncertain), # of birds reported, location, date(s), reporters (I = initial observer, R = report submitted, P = photograph submitted).

2013-19 (6-0): One; Block Island; 5-Oct-2013; Sue Talbot (I,R), Dan Finizia (P).

2013-17 (6-0): One; Cox's Ledge to Galilee; 10-Aug-2013; Carlos Pedro (R,P), Keith Mueller (P).

2012-2 A,B (7-0): One; (A): Warwick; 22-Jan-2012; Betty Walsh (I,R,P). (B). Oakland Beach, Warwick; 10-Feb-2012; Sherry Carlson (I,R).

2011-25 (6-0): One; Little Compton; 14-Apr-2011; Geoff Dennis (P).

2008-11 (7-0): One; Block Island; 30-Sep-2008; Dan Finizia & Sue Talbot (I,R,P) .

2007-8 (7-0): One; Avondale Preserve, Westerly; 21-Nov-2007; Phil Rusch (I,R).

Not Accepted: 2007-12 (4-3): One; North Kingstown; 14-May-2007.

2007-17 (7-0): One; West Warwick; 18-Mar-2007; Robert Touhill (I,R,P).

2003-9 (7-0): One; Block Island; 19-21-Aug-2003; Christian Nunes (I,R,P).


"A rare but increasingly regular straggler from the Midwest and West, now recorded almost annually. A pattern has emerged of its regular appearance in early fall, almost always close to the coast, occasional wintering, and more rarely lingering into spring." *

* Ferren, Richard L. “The Birds of Rhode Island – their seasonal distribution and ecological history. “ Unpublished Manuscript.