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Sweet Songbirds

Eastern Blue Jay

I enjoy seeing all types of both songbirds and the exotic big birds here in Florid!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Crow

Eastern Bluebird

Red-winged Blackbird (male)

 

Pileated Woodpecker

Boat-tailed Grackle (male)

Cedar Waxwings

Male Red-winged Blackbirds

Male Red-winged Blackbirds are very attractive songbirds!   They are black in color with a bright yellow and orange-red patch on the shoulder area of each wing.  The hens are a brown color without the colorful patch of yellow and red.

Red-winged blackbirds are mainly seen around bodies of fresh water.  They seem to thrive around marshes and enjoy eating the seeds of aquatic plants as well as many insects.  The males have a buzzy loud song that is memorable.  I always enjoy spotting these rather pretty songbirds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

Male Red-winged Blackbirds

At the Walmart Buffalo Ridge Pond

At the Walmart Buffalo Ridge Pond

The Red-winged Blackbirds are here at the freshwater marshes around The Villages, FL now.  I have spotted these gorgeous male Red-winged Blackbirds in many spots around the lakes and ponds.  The birds often hunt for insects to eat by landing on larger lily pads, Cattail Reeds, and Willow Trees.  The female is a much less vividly colored brown bird resembling a female Cowbird, Grackle, Starling or even a larger sparrow.  The males have vivid, deep orange-red and yellow bars on the shoulders.

Red-winged Blackbirds dine on insects, worms, spiders, and during the Winter and early Spring, they add seeds and grains to their diet.  The Red-winged Blackbirds can be noisy when there are a lot of them around.  These birds are commonly spotted in many places throughout the United States.   I was happy to have seen the handsome males at the Walmart “Buffalo Ridge” pond off of CR 466, and also at the Lake Deaton area Sharon Weichen Nature Preserve in The Villages, FL.

In Flight at the Walmart Pond

In Flight at the Walmart Pond

At the Walmart Pond

At the Walmart Pond

At the Sharon Weichens Nature Preserve

At the Sharon Weichens Nature Preserve

A Female Red-Winged Blackbird Getting Seeds

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!

Male Red-Winged Blackbirds

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!

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