I took this when we went to Dillon's nursery in Cave Junction. We were just leaving and looked at the pond with the tules and cattails and this lovely bird was singing away. They are about 8 1/2". They are jet balck with red and yellow shoulder patches on upper wings, with a pointed black bill. The female is heavily streaked, brown with a pointed brown bill and white eyebrows. The juvenile is the same as the female. The female broods twice to three times a year, with 3-4 bluish green eggs with brown markings. More information can be found here on Wikepedia.
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