I suppose with all the snow I was not expecting to see and hear so many Red-Winged Blackbirds. Only the males were evident, perhaps staking out territory and practicing singing to attract the ladies. It was good to see them again.It was a very bright day, with the sun reflecting off the snow, a reminder that I need to wear a peaked hat and sun glasses. I had trouble seeing anything and the background is blown out but do enjoy the detail in the feathers Yes, that is snow on the bull rushes.

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8 thoughts on “Red-Wing Blackbirds

  1. I live the racket of redwing blackbirds. It makes me think of Thoreau for some reason. I also like redwing blackbirds because they are one of the first bird species, (besides robins of course) that I learned to identify as a child.

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    1. that is a pleasant memory! I like all the different sounds they make and once I got too close to a nest and the male came after me. I ducked, but felt his claws on the top of my head. I had to give respect to that and of course, moved away.

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      1. Oh no! That reminds me of the time I was running from the barn to the house while my mother was visiting a friend who had chickens and peacocks running loose in the yard. I startled a peacock which flew up and landed on my 4-year old head! I’m wary of birds to this day!

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  2. Oh my! My Dad hated my Grampa’s budgie on his head because it would poop on his head.I had a rooster attack my hand with his beak , that was extremely painful. Probably would be weary with those birds now.

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  3. These abound in the ‘wet lands’ in dry and high altitude Colorado, but here in the true swamp-lands, of South Carolina I’ve yet to see a single one…miss my mile high environment along with those red-wings…

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