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A Red-winged Blackbird came to the backyard on June 14, 2011.  I had not seen any Blackbirds here in the yard before.  I do know that a small flock lives about a half-mile away along the shore of a small lake.  The Red-winged Blackbirds are fond of cattail and often can be seen snacking at the top of the Cattail reeds.  The Red-winged Blackbird male is black with very dark brown and has a small red and yellow patch on each wing.  The red patch is especially well seen when the male is in flight.  The female looks a lot like a large sparrow and is brown with lots of streaks of buff and dark brown.  They are about the same size as a Cardinal or a smaller Blue Jay.

The Red-winged Blackbirds eat insects, seeds, nuts, berries, and smaller fruits.  The Red-winged Blackbirds can sometimes be a pest to farmers when gathering in extra-large flocks as they eat grains.  Red-winged Blackbirds are quite common throughout the United States.  I know from personal experience that some male Red-wing Blackbirds can dive-bomb people and snatch strands of hair to add to nests.  This seldom happens but did happen once to me when I lived in Northern California many years ago!  I do like these birds and think that the males are quite handsome.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

Comments on: "A Red-winged Blackbird Comes to the Yard" (6)

  1. It’s nice that you had a visit from him! I enjoy having them around and their distinct song is good to hear in the morning.

  2. i like the mottled females too! 🙂 and their song is a delight!

    • Hi Texwisgirl, I have not yet seen any female blackbirds here in the yards but I think that the females may show up. I like the song of these birds also. It is a stormy day here so the bird viewing is hit and miss today. Have a super day!

  3. Wow! We have them around here, but it has been impossible to get pictures!! They are only seen sitting on tall weeds on the side of busy highways, taunting everyone to try and get their pictures now!

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