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I was surprised to see a few Red-Winged Blackbirds here in the last several days. I heard them before I saw them as they have a really raspy, gurgle-like, high-pitched call.  They are a about the same size as a blue jay or a robin.  The males are black with a bright patch of both yellow and orange on each wing near the shoulders.  The Red-Winged Blackbird females are more of a brown streaked buff color without the bright wing color bars.  In fact, the females look much like large sparrows.  Amazing!

Red-Winged Blackbirds often flock in large numbers but I only saw about five here yesterday.  These are likely an advanced scouting group.  The Red-Winged Blackbirds eat grains, and seeds mostly but do enjoy insects.  They are often seen perched on the seed heads of the Cattail rushes on the shores of lakes, ponds, and river marshes.  I took these photographs in my yard on March 2, 2012, and also yesterday afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Male Red-Winged Blackbirds" (5)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    we still have hordes of them, here! i commented just yesterday, as they sung in multitudes in the oaks, ‘don’t they head north?’ 🙂

  2. I stopped for a bit on my way home from work this evening to watch the moon rise and listen to the redwing blackbirds sing –they are quite an orchestra when t many of them singing!

    • Hi Kateri, You enjoyed their singing as much as I did. It is hard to describe in words how these birds sound. Have a wonderful day tomorrow. I also looked at the almost full moon tonight. : )

  3. They are starting to come into our area now. I’ve heard them but haven’t seen one yet. We usually have lots of them all summer. I did see the first bluebirds of this year today, a pair of Western Bluebirds.

    • Hi Montucky, The sighting of your Western Bluebirds must have been a really nice event for you. Glad your little birds are returning from their Winter vacation. Have a fabulously nice Wednesday tomorrow!

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