On Dec 30, 2008, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
From my Thayer's guide:
Size: 9.5 inches
Bright yellow head and breast
Black from eye to bill
Black body, wings and tail
White patch in wing
Yellow supercilium, throat and breast-not as bright as male
White streaks extend down breast
Remainder of plumage gray-brown
Similar to adult females
Habitat and Behavior: Freshwater marshes, sloughs, wetlands, reedy lakes, grassy fields, grainfields, farmlands, feedlots. Frequents marshy habitats in summer, open habitats at other times of year. Nests only over standing water.
Gregarious. Arguably one of the worst sounding "songs" of the avian world! Often flocks with other species of blackbirds.