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

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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.

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  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.

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  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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