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!
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
At the Walmart Pond
At the Sharon Weichens Nature Preserve