Red-winged Blackbird females are brown with dark brown streaking. They look nothing like the males except for their over-all shape. These birds are here in bunches with maybe twenty pairs around. They love eating seeds off of the pond reeds, rushes and other native plants on the shoreline. I also see them in taller weeds on the fringes of the woods near the gulch. They make the same gurgle and squeaking sounds that the males do. These birds frequent the bird feeder pretty often. I think that they love the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. Many birds do.
I think Red-winged Blackbirds are lovely medium-sized birds and am glad to see them here. I took these pictures at dusk on July 25, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!