Feathers on Friday-Red Winged Blackbird

Cornell Lab of Ornithology says: The Red-winged Blackbird is one of the most abundant birds across North America, and one of the most boldly colored. A familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel. Females are a subdued, streaky brown, almost like a large, dark sparrow. In the North, their early arrival and tumbling song are happy indications of the return of spring.

I love to hear their call as it means spring is here! They are beautiful birds, the females so different looking from the males.redwing1




Feathers on Friday

19 thoughts on “Feathers on Friday-Red Winged Blackbird

  1. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is my “go to” for all things related to birds. Red-Winged Blackbirds where one of the first signs of spring around my childhood home, so that are a big part of many fond memories.


  2. I agree with you – I love the song/sound of the red-winged blackbird. I often walk through a wildlife bird refuge in NE, and the hundreds of red-wings are an amazing sight.


  3. We love the blackbird, DM and this one is such a beauty with his colored feathers. The lady doesn’t look like a blackbird at all, but she is beautifull as well 🙂 Our population of blackbirds is affected by a virus called as Usutu-virus and it really breaks our heart. We hope and purray that they’ll be strong enough to survive the virus and getting immune. Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 ❤


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